Himalayan Art Resources

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

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 90005)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
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: 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
Related Items
Publications
Publication: Tibetan Paintings
Publication: Selection of Works - Painting (RMA)

Thematic Sets
Painting Tradition: Karma Gar-ri Main Page
Painting Set: Karma Kagyu Lineage (Sertreng, misc.)
Incarnation Lineage: Gyalwa Karmapa Main Page
Tradition: Kagyu Teachers (Paintings)
Teacher: Karmapa (Masterworks)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Main Page (Gallery 1)
Subject: Canopy/Parasol in Painting
Teacher: Karmapa Wangchug Dorje, 9th