Depicting Protective Talisman – The thangka of the Tibetan calendar

Depicting Protective Talisman – The thangka of the Tibetan calendar

This is the of the . As both an instructional and auspicious talisman the stylized astrological chart brings to all those who see, display or possess it.

The is a congregation of astrological, calendar and primary element . The central image of Protective Talisman there is a yellow tortoise.  The emanation of the 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 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; , moon, eye, hand, arrow, Kila, sheaf and the head of a bird representing . The five of , , , iron, and are represented by the green squares in the claws, the surrounding fire, blue pond of water below, scepter above the pond and the green-leafed sprig from a tree at the left side.

Description of the Protective Talisman

At the top center of the Protective Talisman, there is . 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 . Avalokiteshvara is white in color with one face and two hands. Avalokiteshvara is holding a on the left.

In the right corner of the Protective Talisman, there is a form of . 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 who is orange in color.

Manjushri is holding a sword and lotus. Below that as a seal is the combined of 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 composed of various 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 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 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.

The system of astrology derives from two main sources: the early Manjushri system and the later Kalachakra system.

Padmasambhava

In Tibetan, Padmasambhava is generally referred to as Guru which means precious . Guru Rinpoche is a totally being a fully awakened one a . He did not become enlightened gradually or start practicing the of Buddha and eventually achieve .

Guru Rinpoche incarnated as a fully enlightened being. Through his form, primordial manifests in the world to benefit all sentient beings.

Avalokiteshvara

Avalokiteshvara who has also known as Sahasrabhuja Ekadasamukha. Sahasrabhuja Ekadasamukja is from the tradition of Bhikshuni Shri along with the lineage teachers of the Tradition following the line of Shigatse , the home of the .

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 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 is covered with the hide of elephant . The lower body of Vajrapani is wrapped with a tiger skin. Twenty-one 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 Teaching gesture 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 .

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 and supports the 12 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.

 

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