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Padma Sambhava

  • 1595



This resin statue depicts Padma Sambhava (Padmasambhava), or Guru Rinpoche as he is often called, 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,  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.

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