Ink & brush on paper

Original size: 20 x 31 cm

Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava)

Traditional Thangka Painting by

Thomas Yeshe Dalarud

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Detail of the face of

Guru Rinpoche

Guru Rinpoche, or Pema Djungne (Sanskrit: Padmasambhava), The Lotus Born, was a sage guru from Oḍḍiyāna who is said to have transmitted Tantric Buddhism to Bhutan and Tibet and neighboring countries in the 8th century. In those countries is he regarded as the ”Second Buddha” He once said: —”My father is the intrinsic awareness, Kuntu Zhangpo (Samantabhadra). My mother is the ultimate sphere of reality, Kuntu Zhangmo (Samantabhadri). I belong to the caste of non-duality of the sphere of awareness. My name is the Glorious Lotus Born. I am from the unborn sphere of all phenomena. I consume concepts of duality as my diet. I act in the way of the Buddhas of the three times.

According to tradition, Guru Rinpoche was incarnated as an eight-year-old child appearing in a lotus blossom floating in Lake Dhanakosha, in the kingdom of Oḍḍiyāna, traditionally identified with the Swat Valley of ancient India in present-day Pakistan. Guru Rinpoche was invited by the King Trisong Dechen (742-797 a.d.) to lay the foundation for the Tantric teachings of Buddhism in Tibet. He is also the founder of the first monastery (Samye Gompa) in Tibet and the one that initiated the first monks is those parts.

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Detail of the lower part of

Guru Rinpoche

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