This beautiful hand painted Tibetan thangka painting depicts Guru Rinpoche གུ་རུ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ། (the Precious Guru), also known as Guru Padmasambhava པདྨ་འབྱུང་གནས། (Lotus born). Around the main image are the Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche གུ་རུ་མཚན་བརྒྱད་ with his two main female disciples, Yeshe Tsogyal ཡེ་ཤེས་མཚོ་རྒྱལ་ (to his right) and Mandarava མནྡཱ་ར་བ་.
In the thangka Guru Rinpoche sits with his feet in the royal posture. He wears the white undergarments of a bodhisattva, on top of this a red robe, a blue mantra practitioner’s tunic, a red monastic shawl and the maroon cloak of a king. On his head he wears a lotus hat which has: three points symbolizing the three kayas; a sun and a moon symbolizing skilful means and wisdom; a vajra top to symbolize unshakeable samadhi; and a vulture’s feather to represent the realization of the highest view.
In his right hand he holds a five-pronged Vajra. His left-hand rests in a gesture of equanimity, holding a kapala (skull-cup) overflowing with nectar, in this is contained the vase of longevity which is also filled with the nectar of deathless wisdom and topped by a wish-fulfilling tree. Cradled in his left arm is a three-pointed trident- it’s three points symbolize essence, nature and compassionate energy. Below this are three severed heads symbolizing the dharmakaya (body of essence), sambhogakaya (body of enjoyment) and nirmanakaya (body of transformation).
Read more about Guru Rinpoche.
The thangka is painted entirely by hand on cotton canvas using natural mineral and vegetable pigments with 24K gold details. The complicated designs, intricate brushstrokes, and extraordinary detail make these thangkas authentic works of Buddhist art. A true masterpiece, this traditional Buddhist painting is the perfect addition to your home, meditation space, room shrine or altar space.
Handcrafted by master local artists in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.
Size: Full canvas measures approximately 68*54 centimeters. Inside painted area measures about 60*46 centimeters.