Guru Rinpoche (Art Print) – Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo
Guru Rinpoche (also known as Padmasambhava, the lotus-born) was invited to Tibet in the 8th century to help establish Buddhism there. Through his awesome mastery of tantric practices, he transformed hostile spirits and negative forces into guardians and protectors of the dharma. His powerful presence allowed the completion of Samye, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
Guru Rinpoche wears the garments of both kings and monks to demonstrate his royal status in both the worldly and spiritual spheres. His implements, posture, and the swirling elements surrounding him all demonstrate his ultimate attainment of Vajrayana with its accompanying power and energy.