Ink & brush on paper

Original size: 37 x 49 cm

Gompo Chagdrugpa (Mahākāla)

Traditional Thangka Painting by

Thomas Yeshe Dalarud

Gompo Chagdrugpa (Sanskrit: Mahākāla) is the six-armed form of the protector Mahākāla. He is depicted having six arms —hence the Tibetan name Chag; -arm, drug; -six. The Tibetan name Gompo is often given (but not exclusively) to the wrathful deities and protectors in Varjayana Buddhism. It is an epithet that stands for ”fearless & powerful protector”. As in the case of the Two-armed Mahākāla Gompo Chagdrugpa is also a form of Mahākāla that is practiced both as a protector of the Buddha’s Dharma and as a complete Yidam practice that has the potential to bring the practitioner to full enlightenment. Mahākāla, in all its different forms, is the wrathful manifestation of the Boundless Love and Compassion of all the Buddhas that is so often depicted in its peaceful form of Avalokiteśvara (Tib; Chenrezig).

Gompo Chagdrugpa is the principal protector within the Tibetan Shangpa Lineage (that was founded by the extraordinary being and translator Kyunpo Naldjor) and is today also practiced widely among practitioners in the Karma Kagyu Lineage.

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Detail of the upper part of Gompo Chagdrupa

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Detail of the lower part of Gompo Chagdrupa

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