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Painting Set: Indian Adepts - Panchen Lama

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Mahasiddha Painting Set

Video: Mahasiddha Painting Set, RMA

Three individual compositions make up this painting set which depicts Vajradhara, Nagarjunagarbha and Atisha as the three principal figures in each of the paintings. Each central figure is surrounded by 1/3rd of the group of the Eighty-four Great Adepts of India (mahasiddha) according to the textual list attributed to the Indian teacher Vajrasana (11th century). In total all eighty-four adepts are distributed between the three paintings. In the lower right corner of the Atisha painting is a Tibetan teacher, seated on a throne, wearing what appears to be a typical Panchen Lama hat, although also worn by other Gelug teachers such as Rolpai Dorje of Amdo and the Jetsun Dampa of Mongolia.

Jeff Watt 12-2005