Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Refuge Field (Buddhist) - Gelug Lineage

སྐྱབས་འགྲོའི་ཞིང་ངམ་ཚོགས་ཞིང་། 皈依境(佛教)
(item no. 90310)
Origin Location China
Date Range 1900 - 1959
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Robert and Lois Baylis
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Object/Concept

Interpretation / Description

Gelugpa Refuge Field (Tibetan: tsog shing): at the center is Lama Tsongkapa, at the peak of a wish fulfilling tree, with the right hand in the mudra (gesture) of refuge and the left supporting a black begging bowl in the lap. A long line of lineage teachers extends upward. Pockets of lamas belonging to specialty lineages are seated at the sides on thrones and banks of white clouds.

Tibetan: Tsog shing Tibetan: Lama Tsongkapa

Below Tsongkapa are the main tutelary deities of the Gelug School, along with buddhas, bodhisattvas, arhats and wisdom protectors at the bottom. Various sentient beings with arms raised fill the foreground.

Jeff Watt 4-2000

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