Padmasambhava (Tib. Guru Rinpoche) – Carmen Mensink
Padmasambhava is revered throughout the Himalayan ranges as the Second Buddha. In the 8th century, King Trisong Detsen invited Padmasambhava from India to assist in the founding of Buddhism in Tibet. Thanks to his activity, the Dharma was firmly established.
He was famous for performing miracles and through his awesome mastery of tantric practices, he is said to have 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.
His compassionate act of hiding numerous ‘treasure texts’ or ‘termas’ have secured the continued revelation of Vajrayana teachings for future generations.
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.
Padmasambhava’s mark is to be found throughout the Himalayan ranges in and around the many caves he used for meditation. At these sites one can still find his hand and footprints.
Materials: Hand prepared canvas, gouache paints, gold.
Size: 23.2“ x 17.3” (59 x 44 cm), unframed.
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