Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Sangye Yarjon

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 90920)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1200 - 1299
Lineages Kagyu, Taklung (Kagyu) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Carolyn and Wesley Halpert
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P1818

Interpretation / Description

Sanggye Yarjon, the 3rd abbot of Taglung Monastery. The figure in the top register seated to the right of Vajradhara is likely to be Kuyalwa Rinchen Gonpo. The lineage on the left side ends with Gampopa, Pagmodrubpa and Taglung Tangpa Chenpo.

In the top register, slightly to the left of center is the primordial Buddha Vajradhara, blue in colour, with the hands crossed at the heart. Moving to the left and descending down the left register is the standard Marpa Kagyu (Dagpo) lineage of teachers with Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa, Gampopa, Pagmodrupa, etc. In the top register on the right side and descending down the right register are the early Kadam lineage teachers such as Atisha, Dromton, Putowa, etc.

In the bottom register on the right side are three deity figures: Manjushri, yellow in colour, Avalokiteshvara, white, and Vajrapani, green in colour.

Taglung Lineage:
1. Shakyamuni Buddha
2. Vajradhara
3. Tilopa
4. Naropa
5. Marpa Chokyi Lodro
6. Milarepa Zhepa Dorje
7. Gampopa Sonam Rinchen
8. Pagmodrubpa Dorje Gyalpo (1110-1170) p127
9. Taglung Tangpa Chenpo, Tashi Pal, 1st Abbot (1142-1209/10) p2649
10. Kuyalwa (Onpo) Rinchen Gonpo, 2nd Abbot (1191-1236) p1784
11. Sanggye Yarjon, 3rd Abbot (1203-1272) p1818
12. Tashi Lama (Mangala Guru, 1231-1297), 4th Abbot p8428
13. Others....

At the bottom left corner is a kneeling donor figure.

Jeff Watt 10-2011

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Exhibition Appearances
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Tradition: Kagyu Teachers (Paintings)
Subject: Lineage Paintings (Kagyu/Kadam)
Tradition: Taglung Kagyu Main Page
Teachers: Early Paintings of Teachers (Indian Style)
Teachers: Early Teachers (Right Facing)
Subject: Lineage Paintings - Dual
Teacher: Sanggye Yarjon Main Page
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