Lama Teacher - Shamarpa

Interpreting Lama Teacher – Shamarpa

who is also known as the red hat of the Kamtsangpa school, with  Vajravarahi above the black cloak . Depicting Lama Teacher – Shamarpa

The life of Shamarpa

In this portion, we are going to learn about the life of Shamarpa. Now, we are going to learn about the short etymological description of the word Shamarpa itself.

Etymology of Shamarpa

Shamarpa is known as zhwa dmar pa in . Shamarpa is also known as , or more formally Künzig Shamar is a lineage holder of the and is regarded to be the manifestation of .

Previously, we learn about the life of Shamarpa. Now, we are going to learn about the of Shamarpa.

Iconography of Shamarpa

In the iconography of the Shamarpa, We will learn about his posture, hand and leg gesture, and different representations of Sharmapa in and statue.

Posture of the Shamarpa

Shamarpa is youthful in appearance with the eyes gazing slightly downward, Shamarpa is light in complexion. The right handheld to the heart is in the of blessing and the left placed palm upward in the lap performs the mudra of supporting a small black begging .

The head is adorned with the red crown in the same design as the black vajra hat of the . Shamarpa is attired in the garb of a , across the shoulders is an orange patchwork robe. He is  Covering the upper torso is a monastic vest, originally designed for the nuns of .

Above and below the outline of the hands and feet of the teacher lama has been traced and filled with gold, standing on a pink blossom, each marked on the palm and sole with a faint eight-spoked .

The lower body is wrapped with a thick red meditation cloak decorated with a gold floral pattern. With the head surrounded by a blue of light, the back supported by a dark blue backrest and the top covered with a white scarf, above a thick cushion seat, spread with a monk’s patchwork mat, he sits atop a small platform. In front of a plain table, a flask, teacup, and a gold plate stacked with fruit are arranged. From the foreground of a plain green hillock, blue clouds rise into a violet sky behind.

Previously, we learn about the life of the Sharmapa and iconography of Shamarpa. Now, we are going to learn about depicting lama teacher Shamarpa thangka.

Depicting lama Teacher Shamarpa Thangka

The thangka of lama teacher Shamarpa is from Eastern Tibet.  It is made between 1700 – 1799 AD. Shamarpa is from Karma () and Buddhist Lineages. The size of the is 71.12×36.83cm. Mineral Pigment and Raised Gold on is used to color this thangka. Currently, this thangka is in .

By depicting this thangka, we will learn about the presentation of Shamarpa with Vajravarahi, The protector of Karmapa’s,  and Black Cloak Mahakala, etc.


Vajravarahi is at the top center of the thangka. Vajravarahi is the tutelary deity who is red in color. Vajravarahi is with one face and two hands.

The right holds upraised a curved knife and the left a white skullcup to the . A Katanga staff rests in the crook of the elbow. Adorned with bone, gold and jewel ornaments, with a green scarf about the neck.

She stands in a dancing posture atop an orange disc, human corpse, and pink lotus seat, completely surrounded by the orange flames of pristine awareness.

Protector of the Karmapas

The protector of Karmapa’s is at the bottom center of the thangka. Karmapas is wrathful in appearance with three round eyes and yellow hair flowing upward. The right-hand holds aloft a curved knife and the left a skullcup to the heart.

Karmapas is adorned with a crown of five white skulls and attired in a long black cloak with a green garment beneath. He stands with the right leg bent and the left straight atop an orange sun disc and pink lotus seat surrounded by the brightly burning flames of pristine awareness.

Black Cloak – Mahakala

The subject of this simple yet expressive painting is Black Cloak Mahakala, the special protector of the School of , and their hierarchs, the Black Hat Karmapa .

The vibrant lines of the protector’s face dominate the , and the subtle use of a greenwash in the tunic accentuates the blackness of Mahakala’s cloak on an already black ground, thus foregrounding the characteristic feature of the deity. This reflects a delicate aesthetic sensibility employed in the service of iconographic clarity.

Previously, we learn about the life of the Sharmapa, iconography of Shamarpa, and depicting lama teacher Shamarpa thangka. Now we are going to learn about several lineage of the Kamtsangpa school.

Several Tulku Lineages of the Kamtsangpa School

Now we will learn about the lineage of Kamtsangpa school.

Some of the several tulku lineages of the Kamtsangpa School are entitled to wear the following things which have been listed below:

  1. Red vajra crown
  2. Shamar
  3. Gyaltsap
  4. Situpas

Red Vajra Crown

This , tittle Koncho Yenlak,  in the form of a is also known in Tibet, as the Red Crown Karmapa. The first Shamarpa was a gifted child. Very early in life, it became apparent that he had a brilliant mind. What was much Jess apparent was that he had the of clairvoyance.

He assimilated the 12Vajrayana· through a , whose presence was known to no one but him. Among all the transmissions given to him, it .was the practices of Dorge Pamo (Vajra ) that he had the greatest affinity to.

Previously, we learn about the life of the Shamarpa, iconography of Shamarpa, and depicting lama teacher Shamarpa thangka. Finally, we learn about several Tulku lineage of the Kamtsangpa school.

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