Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Shri Devi (Buddhist Protector) - Dorje Rabtenma

དཔལ་ལྡན་ལྷ་མོ། 吉祥天母(佛教护法)
(item no. 69626)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Sakya
Material Metal
Collection Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Catalogue # S1997.27
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Female

Interpretation / Description

Dorje Rabtenma, (English: Vajra Stable One), a form of Shri Devi originating in the Nyingmapa tradition, predominantly practiced in the Shalupa and Tsarpa sub-schools of Sakya.

Tibetan: Dor je rab ten ma

"Goddess Dorje Rabtenma, Great One, with a body maroon in colour, one face, two hands and three eyes; body covered by a human skin. Held in the right hand is a blazing sword, a mongoose grasped in the left, riding atop a three-legged mule." (Shalu Liturgical verse by Shakya Gelong Rinchen Namgyal).

Dorje Rabtenma was the special protector for Buton Rinchen Drup Tamche Khyenpa (1290-1364), founder of the Bulug-Shalu sub-school of Sakya.

Lineage: Acarya Padmasambhava (distant lineage), Loton Dorje Wangchug, Chetsun Sherab Jungne (recent lineage), Tamche Khyenpa Buton Choje, etc.

Jeff Watt 5-99

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