Himalayan Art Resources

Painting Set: Ratna Lingpa (& Kagyu) 'Terma' Set

Terma Set (Ratna Lingpa) | Nyingma Tradition

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Ratna Lingpa Terma Set Description (below)
- Ratna Lingpa
- Guru Dragpo Heruka (complex composition)
- Chemchog Heruka (single composition)
- Vajrakila Heruka (single composition)
- Vajrakila (complex composition)
- Black Hayagriva (complex composition)
- Black Vajravarahi (single composition)
- Simhamukha (single composition)
- Set of Lingpa Nyingma Tertons (complex composition)
- Kagyu Lama (complex composition)
- Confusions
- Others...

The images below are possibly from the Nyingma Treasure Tradition of Ratna Lingpa (1403-1479 [P470]). Two Tibetan religious traditions are identified in the compositions, the Nyingma and the Karma Kagyu. Based on the artistic style the paintings fit into the 17th century time period. Although some of the paintings have been published with earlier dates.

Four historical figures are represented in two of the compositions, Karma Pakshi (1204-1283), Tongwa Donden (1416-1453) a student of Ratna Lingpa, Sonam Tashi and Karma Situ.

"Ratna Lingpa's lineage was continued by his own children, especially his son Rigdzin Tsewang Drakpa (rig 'dzin tshe dbang grags pa, d.u.), and students such as Khardrung Sonam Tashi (mkhar drung bsod nams bkra shis, d.u.), the Second Drukchen Kunga Peljor ('brug chen 02 kun dga' dpal 'byor, 1428-1476) and the Sixth Karmapa, Tongwa Dondan (karma pa 06 mthong ba don ldan, 1416-1453)." [Jakob Leschly. See a short Ratna Lingpa biography].

Jeff Watt 3-2009 [updated 8-2017]