Guru Rimpoche Padmasambhava Thangka


”, also known as the Second Buddha, was a sage from , northwestern Classical (in the modern-day Swat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, ). Padmasambhava is said to have transmitted to , and neighboring countries in the 8th century AD. In those lands, he is better known as “Precious Guru”. This site is dedicated to her figure. Padmasambhava is considered a manifestation of  also known as Guru . He was a born in India and he played a fundamental role in bringing to Tibet in the eighth century. Padmasambhava is also the founder of the  school, the oldest of the four major traditions of .


 The legend says that he secretly taught to, the princess of . When the found out he tried to burn him , but Padmasambhava just sat in meditation and didn’t burn. Astonished by the miracle the king offered him both princess Mandarava and his kingdom. Padmasambhava left with Mandarava and went to to practice secret tantric . During this they had a vision of Buddha Amitayus and achieved a special spiritual manifestation called “”. Both Mandarava and Padmasambhava’s other main consort,  Tsogyal reached , in fact, Guru Rinpoche is often portrayed between Mandarava, on his right, and on his left.

About Posture

Normally, is depicted in his more representation seated in royal posture holding a  in his right hand while his left hand holds a skull-cup containing a vase filled with the nectar of and .

The five main consorts of Padmasambhava are considered emanations of and considered not ordinary women but . There are also eight different manifestations of Padmasambhava himself, both in wrathful and , representing the different aspect of his being

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Namaste! I am a Nepali Art Dealer specialized in Mandala and Thangka paintings. I love to write articles about the monastic culture of the Himalayas.

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