Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Indian Adept (siddha) - Damarupa

རྒྱ་གར་གྱི་གྲུབ་ཆེན། 印度大成就者
(item no. 88707)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Sakya and Ngor (Sakya)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Mahasiddha

Gender: Male

TBRC: P3300

Interpretation / Description

Damarupa, Mahasiddha (Tibetan: drup thob da ma ru pa): an Indian master of tantric methods, the 5th teacher of the Margapala (Tib. Lamdre) lineage along with the Chandali Perfection Stage Lineage.

The mahasiddha Damarupa (the Drummer) was a student of Kanha (the Black One) who in turn was a student of Virupa (Ugly One). Damarupa was famous for carrying a double sided hand drum where ever he went and is said to have visited the twenty-four sacred tantric power places and the thirty-four sacred grounds. He subdued a non-Buddhist King and stopped the sacrifice of animals in the kingdom. The king took up Buddhism, renounced his kingdom and practiced a path free from extremes and became known as Avadhutipa. As the mahasiddha Avadhutipa, the former king transmitted the Margapala (Path Together with the Result) teachings to the Pandita Gayadhara.

"Seeing the excellent meaning of reality,
By releasing from worldly practice
And remaining in the conduct of accomplishment;
To Damarupa I bow." (Chogyal Pagpa).

At the upper left and right sides are two figures of the meditational deity Chakrasamvara. The mahasiddha Luipa tradition form of the deity stands on the left and the mahasiddha Krishnacharin form of the deity on the right. There are four figures of Amitayus Buddha, red in colour, and a single figure of Amitabha Buddha, also red.

In the bottom register or eight deity figures. Beginning on the left side are Hala Hala Avalokiteshvara, white, with three faces and six arms, a consort sits in the lap. Dharmakara Avalokiteshvara, red in colour, is seated in a meditation posture. Krishna Yamari, blue, wrathful with one face and two hands stands atop a buffalo. Krishna Yamari with six faces and six hands stands atop a buffalo. Krishna Yamari with three faces and six hands stands atop a sun disc. Simhanda Avalokiteshvara, white, peaceful, sits on the back of a white lion. Avalokiteshvara in a standing posture is white in colour with one face and two hands. Chaturbhuja Avalokiteshvara is white in colour, one face, four hands, and seated in a relaxed posture.

Jeff Watt 12-2012

Chandali Pefection Stage Lineage (gtum mo lam rdzogs kyi brgyud pa):
1. Vajradhara (rdo rje 'chang)
2. Yogini (rRje btsun rnal 'byor ma)
3. Vajra Ghantapa (rdo rje dril bu pa)
4. Kurmapada (rus sbal zhabs)
5. Barwa Dzinpa ('bar ba 'dzin pa)
6. Kanha Shridhara (nag po shri dha ra)
7. Shridhara (dpal 'dzin)
8. Gayadhara (ga ya dha ra)
9. Mulu Lungdu Trulku Drub (mu lu lung du sprul sku 'grub)
10. Jetsun Kunrig (rje btsun kun rig)
11. Shanton Chobar (zhang ston chos 'bar)
12. Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (rje sac hen)
13. Jetsun Sonam Tsemo (rje btsun bsod nams rtse mo)
14. Choje Dragpa Gyaltsen (chos rje grags pa rgyal mtshan)
15. Sakya Pandita (sa skya paN di ta)
16. Chogyal Pagpa (chos rgyal 'phags pa)
17. Shangton Konchog Pal (zhang ston dkon mchog dpal)
18. Dragpugpa Sonal Pal (brag phug pa bsod nams dpal)
19. Drogon Lama Sonam Gyaltsen ('gro mgon bla ma bsod nams rgyal mtshan)
20. Palden Tsultrim (dpal ldan tshul khrims)
21. Buddhashri (grub chen sangs rgyas dpal)
22. Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo (ngor chen kun dga' bzang po)
23. Kechog Kunga Lodro (mkhas mchog kun dga' blo gros)
24. Ketsun Pal (mkhas btsun dpal ___)
25. Namkha Palzang (nam mkha' dpal bzang)
26. Root Guru (rtsa ba'i bla ma)

(Wisdom Calendar 1987 - October full catalog list)

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