Interpreting Buddhist protector Begtse Chen

Interpreting Buddhist protector Begtse Chen

Chen is known as the main protector for the Hayagriva cycle of practice. Begtse Chen is a and the lord of war in origin a pre- war of the . Begtse Chen is known as the Great Coat of Mail in English and Begtse Chen is also known as  Atma in .

The iconography of Begtse Chen

In the of Begtse Chen, we are going to learn about his picture, hand and leg gesture, and different representations of Begtse Chen in a statue.

Begtse Chen has one face and two hands. Begtse Chen wears dressed like a warrior.  He is covered in protective armor.

The right hands of Begtse Chen hold a sword with a black scorpion shaped handle. The left-hand of Begtse Chen hold clutches to the breast a fresh heart with a bow and arrow held in the bend of the elbow and a long lance and leaning against the shoulder. from the armor, he wears all the usual wrathful vestments such as the crown of five skulls, a necklace of fifty freshly severed heads, and the like.

Begtse Chen is Standing atop a disc with the right foot on the corpse of a horse and the left on the corpse of a man he is completely surrounded by the flames of pristine awareness.

Depicting Buddhist protector Begtse Chen Thangka

The thangka of Betse Chen is from Mongolia. The thangka is made between 1800 – 1899 AD. Begtse Chen is from and lineages. The size of the is 114.30×69.85cm. mineral pigment on and the fine line is used to color this painting. Currently, this thangka is in the .

By depicting this thangka, we will learn about the presentation of Begtse Chen with different deities such as , Indian , , Goddess of Life, and Lord of Life, etc.

Medicine Buddha

is at the top center of the thangka. Medicine Buddha is blue in color. The right hand of Medicine Buddha holds the stem of a medicinal plant. The left hand of Begtse Chen is placed in the lap holding a begging filled with nectar.

Indian mahasiddha Saraha

Indian mahasiddha Saraha is at the left of the thangka. Indian mahasiddha Saraha is holding upraised an arrow shaft.

Lama

Lama is at the right of the thangka. Lama wears monastic robes and a yellow cap. The right hand of the lama is placed at the heart. He holds the stem of a blossom supporting a sword and book. The left hand of Lama is placed in the lap holds a gold vase.

Goddess of Life

Goddess of Life is to the right of the central lotus in the thangka. Goddess of Life is  seated in the consort. Goddess of Life has a red face and a blue body. In the right hand, she holds aloft a sword and in the left, she stabs with a ‘’ dagger.

Lord of Life

Lord of Life is to the left of the thangka.  Lord of Life is red in color with one face and two hands. Lord of Life is dressed in similar attire as the father. He holds a lasso in the right hand and a spear in the left, riding a wolf.

Begtse Chen with Guru Padmasambhava Thangka

The thangka of Bagtse Chen with is from Mongolia. The thangka is made between 1800 – 1899 AD. Begtse Chen with Guru Padmasambhava is from , Sakya, (), and Gelug lineages. The size of the painting is 67.31×43.82cm. The base of the painting is ground mineral pigment on cotton. Currently, this thangka is in the Rubin of .

Guru Padmasambhava is at the top center of the thangka.  Guru Padmasambhava is the principal founder of . The right hand of Guru Padmasambhava holds at the heart holding a . And the left of Guru Padmasambhava is in the lap supporting a skullcup.

A staff leans against the left shoulder of Guru Padmasambhava. Guru Padmasambhava is attired in various ornaments and robes. He wears the red lotus hat and seated in a vajra posture.

Begtse Chen with Lama Tsongkapa Thangka

The thangka of Bagtse Chen with Lama Tsongkapa is from . The thangka is made between 1800 – 1899 AD. Begtse Chen with Lama Tsongkapa is from Gelug lineage. The size of the painting is 45.70×31.10cm. The base of the painting is ground mineral pigment on cotton.

Lama Tsongkapa is at the top center of the thangka. Lama Tsongkapa is with the two principal students seated at the right and left.

Principal protector of Bon religion

The principal protector of is at the bottom center of the thangka.  The principal protector of Bon religion is dark blue in color with three faces and six hands. The principal protector of Bon religion is riding a mule.

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