Pencil on paper

Original size: 23 x 31 cm

Marpa Lotsawa

Traditional Thangka Painting by

Thomas Yeshe Dalarud

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Detail of Marpa’s face

Marpa Lotsawa (1012-1097 a.d.), also known as Lhodak Marpa Chökyi Lodrö or more commonly as Marpa the Translator. He was a Tibetan Buddhist teacher credited with the transmission of many Buddhist teachings to Tibet from India, including the teachings and lineages of Vajrayana and Mahāmudrā. He went to India three time in order to obtain all teachings he wanted from a variaty of masters. Mahasiddha Naropa became his main teacher and it is through this line of teachings that one of the four major schools of Buddhism was established in Tibet; the Kagyupa.

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Detail of the lower parts