Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Karmapa

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 918)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Karma (Kagyu)
Size 48.90x33.02cm (19.25x13in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1999.30.2
Painting School Karma Gardri
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Interpretation / Description

Karmapa Guruyoga: the central image of a generic Karmapa holds a vajra and bell crossed at the heart, wearing the black vajra hat and surrounded by eight dancing dakinis enveloped in a sphere of rainbow light. At the top is the lama Sanggye Nyenpa and at the bottom, Wangchug Dorje, the 9th Karmapa.

This painting is based on a guruyoga meditation text written by the 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje.

Kar ma pa

Jeff Watt 9-2000

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Thematic Sets
Tradition: Kagyu Teachers (Paintings)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 8
Tradition: Karma Kagyu Main Page
Incarnation Lineage: Gyalwa Karmapa Main Page
Subject: Guruyoga, Karmapa