Himalayan Art Resources

King: Konchog Bang (India)

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- Konchog Bang Explanation (below)
- Kadam Legbam (Source Text)
- Found in graphic depictions of the Kadam Legbam stories
- Found in Dalai Lama incarnation lineage painting and sculpture sets
- Dalai Lama Previous Births
- Masterworks
- Confusions
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Gyalpo Konchog Bang is regarded, according to the Kadam Legbam text, as a pre-incarnation of Dromton Gyalwa'i Jungne. The Kadam Legbam itself was put into its final form by Chim Namkha Drag in the late 13th century. It is basically a series of stories said to be the episodes and narratives of the previous lives of Dromton.

In the 17th century the Dalai Lamas also claimed to be the re-incarnation of Dromton thus linking themselves to Konchog Bang of India and all of the stories from the Kadam Legbam.

A number of the paintings below follow a wood print composition model similar to the famous Nartang prints of the Panchen Lamas. The large central image is Konchog Bang. The monk in the upper left is the teacher Vajradhara, wearing monastic attire and a pandita hat, holding a vajra scepter and a bell. The female figure at the upper right is Guhya Jnana Dakini, white in colour, holding a drum and skullcup. In Tibetan language she is also referred to as Daki Wangdu. The wrathful white figure at the bottom right is Sita Shadbhuja Mahakala.

Jeff Watt 6-2014 [updated 8-2017]