Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava: Senge Dradog
Senge Dradog is the eight from the set of Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava. Senge Dradog is an idealized wrathful form of the Indian Tantric Buddhist teacher Padmasambhava representing the power of all Buddhas.
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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 Guru Lion’s Roar in English.
Iconography of Senge Dradog
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 Vajra. 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 skin tied about the neck he wears a tiger skin as a skirt. Senge Dradog is standing atop a sun disc and multi-colored lotus. Senge Drado is surrounded by the bright orange flames of pristine awareness.
Depicting Senge Dradog Thangka
The thangka of Senge Dradog is from Tibet. The thangka of Senge Dradog is made between 1800 to 1899 AD. Senge Dradog is from Nyingma lineage. The size of the painting is 57.79×38.10cm. The base of the painting is ground mineral pigment on cotton. 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, Lama, 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 Nalanda. Shantarakshita is known as the Dakini.
Shantarakshita is blue in color. Shantarakshita is attired in flowing robes and trousers. Shantarakshita is holding up a gold offering vessel.
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 (ritual peg).
The Caitya is presented to the upper left of the thangka. It is a funerary monument. Caitya is known as worshipful in Sanskrit. It is said to be the natural homes of earth spirits and were most often recognized in small stands of trees or even in a single tree.
According to Jaina and Buddhist texts from about 200 BC, wandering Indian ascetics often gathered near caityas to beg alms from local religious pilgrims and to pay homage to the deities residing therein.
Later, the term stupa 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 Guru Rinpoche’s birth from a lotus in the land of Oddiyana. He is the founder of Tibetan Buddhism and the Buddha of our time.
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 Rubin museum of art.
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 Vidyadharas.
Yeshe Tsogyal 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 Vajrayana 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.