Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Karmapa 9, Wangchug Dorje

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 90005)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Karma (Kagyu)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P889

Interpretation / Description

Wangchuk Dorje, the 9th Karmapa, (1555-1603): a great traveler, scholar and practitioner. Well educated and a moderately prolific writer, two of his more important compositions on mahamudra were the 'Ocean of Certainty' and 'Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance.' One of his most famous students was Jonang Taranatha.

At the top left is the female meditational deity, Sitatapatra, white in colour with three faces and eight arms. At the top right corner is a depiction of Tsurphu Monastery. At the bottom left is the protector Raudrantika Mahakala.

Jeff Watt 4-2000 [updated 2-2013]

Secondary Images
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Subject: Karmapa (Painting Chronology)
Subject: Hat Videos
Teacher: Karmapa Wangchug Dorje, 9th Masterworks
Tradition: Kagyu Teachers (Paintings)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art (RMA): Main Page
Teacher: Karmapa Wangchug Dorje, 9th
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Subject: Canopy/Parasol in Painting
Incarnation Lineage: Gyalwa Karmapa Main Page
Painting Tradition: Karma Gar-ri Main Page
Painting Set: Karma Kagyu Lineage (Sertreng, misc.)