Explaining Padmasambahava 8 Forms: Senge Dradog

Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava: Senge Dradog

Senge Dradog is the eight from the set of Eight Manifestations of .  Senge Dradog is an idealized wrathful form of the Indian teacher Padmasambhava representing the power of all .

Life of Senge Dradog

In this section, we are going to learn about the Life of Senge Dradog, after that, the short etymological description of the word Senge Dradog itself.

Senge Dradog is known as defeats the attackers on throughout the of beings.

Senge Dradog is known as Guru Lion’s Roar in English.

Iconography of Senge Dradog

In the of Senge Dradog, we are going to learn about his posture, hand and leg gesture, and different representations of Senge Dradog in and statue.

Senge Dradog is fiercely wrathful in appearance. Senge Dradog is dark blue. Senge Dradog has one face and two hands.

Senge Dradog has three eyes and dark orange hair flaming upward. The right-hand of Senge Dradog holds aloft a gold . The left hand of Senge Dradog holds to the heart in a fierce gesture.

Senge Drado is adorned with a skull crown, gold ornaments, a necklace of severed heads and an elephant, and human tied about the neck he wears a tiger skin as a skirt. Senge Dradog is standing atop a disc and multi-colored . Senge Drado is surrounded by the bright orange flames of pristine awareness.

Depicting Senge Dradog Thangka

The thangka of Senge Dradog is from . The thangka of Senge Dradog is made between 1800 to 1899 AD. Senge Dradog is from lineage. The size of the is 57.79×38.10cm. The base of the painting is mineral pigment on . Currently, this thangka is in the Shelley & Donald Rubin.

By depicting this thangka, we are going tolearn about the presentation of Senge Dradog with different deities such as Shantarakshita, ,  Caitya, and Padmasambhava, etc.


Shantarakshita is presented at the right of the thangka.  Shantarakshita is known as zhi ba tsho in Tibet. Shantarakshita was a renowned 8th century Indian Buddhist and about of . Shantarakshita is known as the .

Shantarakshita is blue in color. Shantarakshita is attired in flowing robes and trousers. Shantarakshita is holding up a gold vessel.

The Lama

The Lama is presented at the upper right of the thangka. Lama is wearing monastic robes and a red Pandita hat. In the right hand, he holds a kila ( peg).

In the left hand, there is placed in the of . Lama is seated above a moon disc and lotus.


The Caitya is presented to the upper left of the thangka. It is a funerary monument. Caitya is known as worshipful in . It is said to be the homes of and were most often recognized in small stands of trees or even in a single tree.

According to Jaina and from about 200 BC, wandering Indian ascetics often gathered near caityas to beg alms from local pilgrims and to pay homage to the deities residing therein.

Later, the term assumed the distinctive meaning of a meeting place or meditation grove for mendicant renunciates and a pilgrimage center for the laity.


Padmasambhava is presented at the lower right of the thangka. Padmasambhava refers to ’s birth from a lotus in the land of . He is the founder of and the Buddha of our .

Simhanada represents the period when He remained for 5 years in a to the Dakinis and others. At this time he also defeated in the debate the Tirthakas from South .

Previously, we learned about the life of Senge Dradog,  the iconography of Senge Dradog, and depicting Senge Dradog thangka. Now, we are going to learn about the presentation of Senge Dradog with Prabhahasti thangka.

Senge Dradog with Prabhahasti Thangka

The thangka of Senge Dradog with Prabhahasti is from Eastern Tibet. The thangka of Senge Dradog with Prabhahasti is made between 1700 to 1799 AD. Senge Dradog with Prabhahasti is from Nyingma lineage. The base of the painting is ground mineral pigment on cotton. Currently, this thangka is in the .

Prabhahasti is presented at the top left of the thangka. Prabhahasti is known as od Kyi glang PO in Tibet. Prabhahasti is known as one of the Eight Indian .

The Vidyadharas were the first teachers in the human lineage for the Eight Deities of the Nyingma Tradition. Prabhahasti received the Vajrakila .

Yeshe Tsogya

is presented at the bottom right corner of the thangka. She is in seated position and also known as ye shes mtsho rgyal in Tibet.

She is the highest female in the Nyingma lineage. She is known to have revealed terma with Padmasambhava and was also the main scribe for this terma. Later, she also hid many of Padmasambhava’s terma on her own, under the instructions of Padmasambhava for future generations.

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