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Nyingma Lineage Tree Thangka Explanation With Names

Nyingma Lineage Tree Thangka Explanation With Names

This detailed explanation features the thangka painting of the Ngayur Nyingma Lineage Tree, also known as Refuge Tree. The description is based on the Longchen Nyingtik ཀློང་ཆེན་སྙིང་ཐིག Lineage Tree by Gonpo Tseten Rinpoche མགོན་པོ་ཚེ་བརྟན, with depictions of the gurus and main figures of his lineage. Longchen Nyingtik is a terma (revealed scriptures) tradition of dzogchen ("Great Perfection") practice revealed by Jigme Lingpa འཇིགས་མེད་གླིང་པ། (#13 in the painting).

The purpose of the lineage tree is to "symbolize the embodiment of Enlightened awareness in which one goes to refuge externally before realizing the true nature internally."

The main figure in this refuge tree is Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) and his consort, Yeshe Tsogyal (#29). Next to each figure, or group of figures, in the thangka there is a number and the names appear in the numeric list below.

 

Nyingma Lineage Tree Thangka Explanation

 

 

Nyingma Lineage Tree Thangka Explanation With Names

 

 

 

Lineage Gurus

1. Samantabhadra

2. Vajrasattva

3. Garab Dorje

4. Sri Singha

5. Jampal Shenyen

6. Guru Rinpoche

7. Vimalamitra

8. Jnanasutra

9. Yeshe Tsogyal

10. Vairocana 

11. King Trisong Detsen

12. Longchenpa

13. Jigme Lingpa

14. Zongsar Chentse

15. Jigme Gyalwe Nyuku 

16. Adzom Drukpa

17. Mipham Rinpoche

18. Mingyur Namkha Dorje

19. Khenpo Shenga

20. Tenpai Nyima

21. Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje

22. Kunsang Shenpen

23. Patrul Rinpoche

24. Thubten Chokyi Dorje

25. Dilgo Khyentse

26. Nyoshul Lungtok Tenpé Nyima

27. Gyalsé Shenpen Tayé

  

28. Shravakas and Pratyekabuddhas

Shariputra

Maudgalyayana

Ānanda

Rāhula

Aniruddha

Kāśyapa

Subhuti

Kātyāyana

 

29. Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) and his consort, Yeshe Tsogyal

 

30. Bodhisattvas

Manjushri 

Avalokiteshvara

Vajrapani

Maitreya

Kshitigarbha

Akashagarbha

Sarvanivaranavishkambhin

Samantabhadra 

 

Mediational Deities

31. Dechen Gyalmo

32. Chenrezik

 

33. Buddhas of the Three Times

Kashyapa (Past)

Shakyamuni Buddha (Present)

Maitreya (Future)

 

Mediational Deities

34. Lion-Faced Dakini

35. Hayagriva

36. Dorje Phurba

37. Palchen Düpa

38. Yangdak Heruka

39. Yama

40. Tachong

 

Dharma Protectors 

41. Dorje Edolma

42. Manima

43. Dorje Lekpa

44. Ekajati

45. Rahula

46. Maning Nakpo

47. Tsering Ma

 

48. Offering goddesses 

 

See the Nyingma Lineage Refuge Tree Thangka Painting

 

Sources

Rigpa Wiki - Gönpo Tseten Rinpoche

Longchen Nyingtik Lineage Tree by Gonpo Tseten Rinpoche

The Stupa - Figures

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