Himalayan Art Resources

Details of 90161

Details of 90161 | Padmasambhava HAR #90161 | Padmasambhava Main Page | Padmasambhava Outline Page | Padmasambhava Sub-sets

Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche (Tibetan: pe ma jung ne. English: Lotus Born) the principal founder, along with Shantarakshita and King Trisong Detsen, of Buddhism in Tibet. This unique painting depicts Padmasambhava surrounded by his life-story in chronological order, according to the Treasure (Terma) Tradition of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism rather than the Kama (oral) Tradition.

This composition is very unusual and rare because of the attention to chronology and detail in telling the story. It is more typical to see paintings depicting Padmasambhava surrounded by his principal Eight Forms in a non-chronological order. The different visual forms are used to highlight the important life events in the biographies of Padmasambhava. This painting depicts more than eight forms. (See the Padmasambhava Outline Page and Padmasambhava Iconography Sub-sets).

Jeff Watt 9-2006