This brass statue depicts Padma Sambhava (Padmasambhava), or Guru Rinpoche, the great Indian Tantric master, credited with establishing Buddhism in Tibet. He is sculpted in meditation pose, a dorje (vajra) in his right hand, a skull cup (patra) with the vase of life in his left hand, resting on his lap. The magic wand, or khatvanga, symbol of Padmasambhava, rests against his left shoulder. It is used for cutting off the root of the three poisons of ignorance, greed, and anger (ill-will). Padmasambhava wears the flowing robes of his native land, roughly corresponding to the Swat Valley, located between Kashmir and Afghanistan. He wears a mitered hat with a waving vulture feather on the top.