Depicting Protective Talisman – The thangka of the Tibetan calendar
The painting is a congregation of astrological, calendar and primary element symbols. The central image of Protective Talisman there is a yellow tortoise. The emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri who is lying on the back with the head to the top and the four limbs extended holding green squares in the claws.
In the center of the Protective Talisman, there is the round flat belly is a circle of nine variously colored squares containing the 9 magic numbers. Surrounding on a black wheel against an orange background are the 8 trigrams of Chinese origin. The outer circle contains the 12 animal figures of the 60 Year Cycle and surrounded by the outer edge of tortoiseshell.
At both sides the symbols of the planets are used to represent the days of the week; sun, moon, eye, hand, arrow, Kila, sheaf and the head of a bird representing Rahu. The five elements of earth, fire, water, iron, and wood are represented by the green squares in the claws, the surrounding fire, blue pond of water below, vajra scepter above the pond and the green-leafed sprig from a tree at the left side.
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Description of the Protective Talisman
At the top center of the Protective Talisman, there is Padmasambhava. Padmasambhava is holding a vajra and skulls. Padmasambhava is richly attired and seated in a relaxed posture.
At the right of the Protective Talisman, there is the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is white in color with one face and two hands. Avalokiteshvara is holding a lotus on the left.
In the right corner of the Protective Talisman, there is a peaceful form of Vajrapani. Vajrapani is blue in color who has one face and two hands holding a vajra upraised in the right. At the left corner of the Protective Talisman, there is Manjushri who is orange in color.
Manjushri is holding a sword and lotus. Below that as a seal is the combined mantra of Kalachakra the ten power letters written in gold on a red background with a blue border. On the right side of the Protective Talisman.
There is the seal of Padmasambhava Guru Rinpoche composed of various mantras and verses written in black lettering on a multi-colored. chequered background bordered with a red frame. Below the central figure of the Protective Talisman, there are two smaller mandala circles containing protection wheels with the left on the belly of a tortoise. Both circles contain mantras and verses to bring about good fortune and counteract badly aspected planets and days.
Along the left side of the Protective Talisman there written in vertical are the protective seals for the 12-year cycle and the Earth Lords and Ministers. Along the right side of the Protective Talisman, there are the seals of protection against nagas Nyen spirits and the like. The bottom of the painting is filled with a series of multi-colored squares of finely written auspicious verses and mantras protecting from all types of astrological and calendrical obstacles.
In Tibetan, Guru Padmasambhava is generally referred to as Guru Rinpoche which means precious master. Guru Rinpoche is a totally enlightened being a fully awakened one a buddha. He did not become enlightened gradually or start practicing the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni and eventually achieve enlightenment.
Guru Rinpoche incarnated as a fully enlightened being. Through his form, primordial wisdom manifests in the world to benefit all sentient beings.
Avalokiteshvara who has also known as Sahasrabhuja Ekadasamukha. Sahasrabhuja Ekadasamukja is from the tradition of Bhikshuni Shri along with the lineage teachers of the Gelug Tradition following the line of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery Shigatse Tibet, the home of the Panchen Lamas.
Power of all Buddhas – Vajrapani
Vajrapani is known as wrathful Tutelary Deity who is represented as the power of all Buddhas. Vajrapani is blue in color who is with one face and two hands. He holds aloft in the right a golden vajra scepter. The left-hand of Vajrapani holds a vajra handled bell and embraces the consort who is also blue with one face and two hands.
Vajrapani is adorned with gold and jewel ornaments, a crown, bracelets and the like the upper body is covered with the hide of elephant skin. The lower body of Vajrapani is wrapped with a tiger skin. Twenty-one garuda birds of various colors issue outward from the body of Vajrapani and consort.
God of Wisdom – Manjushri
Manjushri is Orange in color. Manjushri has one face and two hands held to the heart in the Dharma Teaching gesture mudra delicately holding the stems of two lotus flowers blossoming at each ear. The blossom on his right supports the flaming sword of wisdom and the left supports the Prajnaparamita Sutra.
Protective Talisman with Manjushri Thangka
The middle circle is composed of the 8 trigrams of Chinese origin displayed on a blue wheel atop an orange background. The outer circle is divided into 12 lotus petals and supports the 12 animals of the 60 Year Cycle. The symbols for the five elements are found along the sides.
At the top center is the bodhisattva Manjushri who is orange in color and seated on a lotus. Manjushri is with one face and two hands holding a flaming sword of wisdom in the right and the stem of a lotus at the heart with the left. On the right sits the bodhisattva Vajrapani, blue in color.
Protective Talisman with Kalachakra Thangka
At the top left is the Kalachakra mantra who is known as the ten power letters. Below that there are the protective seals for the 12 Year cycle and the Earth Lords and Ministers. At the top right corner is the seal of Padmasambhava as a set of multi-colored squares with auspicious verses and mantras.