Interpreting Panchen Lama

Interpreting Panchen Lama

Lobzang Palden Yeshe is known as the who was born in 1738 in Tashitse, Shang district, Tsang Province.

is one of the most important figures in the tradition, with its spiritual authority second only to .

The Viability of the Panchen Lama

In this portion, we are going to learn about the viability of the Panchen . After that short etymological description of the word Panchen Lama itself, and finally we will learn about the and from Dalai lama.

Panchen Lama is one of the most important figures in the Gelug tradition, with its spiritual authority second only to Dalai Lama

Etymology of Panchen lama

Panchen Lama is known as paN Chen bla ma in .

Panchen Lama is a of the Gelug school of . Panchen is a portmanteau of “Pandita” and “Chenpo”, meaning “Great scholar”.

Sutras and tantras from Dalai Lama

From to time the Dalai Lama received many special instructions on sutras and tantras from the Panchen. Following an invitation from the Manchu Emperor Qianlong, he traveled to in 1779 and gave the Emperor many and instructions. The Emperor appointed him his spiritual preceptor and showed him much respect. Many honors were also granted him.

Earlier, we studied the Viability of Panchen lama. Now we are going to learn about the Depicting Panchen Lama.

Depicting Panchen lama

The of Panchen Lama is from China. It was made in between 1700  AD to 1799 AD. It is from the Gelug lineage. The base of the is mineral pigment on . Presently, this painting is in the .

By Depicting this thangka, we will see how Panchen lama is presented with , Seventh Dalai Lama, Uhnishavijaya, Mahachakra , Chaturbhuja , Shadbhuja Mahakala, Vaishravana and Shadbhuja Mahakala and Shri , etc.

Amitabha Buddha

is on the right of the thangka. Surrounded the central figure there is the previous Panchen Lama incarnations.

Seventh Dalai Lama

Seventh Dalai Lama with , Akshobhyavajra Guhyasamaja Chaturbhuja Lokeshvara is at the top center of the thangka.

Ushnishavijaya

Uhnishavijaya is on the left side of the thangka.

Mahachakra Vajrapani

Mahachakra Vajrapani, Chakrasamvara, , and is on the right of the thangka.

Chaturbhuja Mahakala

Chaturbhuja Mahakala is on the left of the in the thangka.

Vaishravana and Shadbhuja Mahakala

Vaishravana Riding a Lion is on the right of the thangka. Shadbhuja Mahakala, , and are in front of either side of the thangka.

Shri Devi

Chen, Dharmaraja, Shri Devi Magzor Gyalmo, and Pal Lhamo along with the bottom beginning on the left of the thangka.

Earlier, we studied the Viability of Panchen lama and depicting Panchen Lama. Now we are going to learn about the presentation of PanchelLama with Amitabha Buddha.

Panchen Lama with Amitabha Thangka

Panchen Lama with Amitabha Buddha was painted around 1800-1899 AD. The size of this painting is70.49×41.91cm. The base of the painting is cotton and the ground mineral pigment is used to color it. Panchen lama belongs to Gelug Lineage. This Masterpiece is still preserved and kept in the Rubin of .

By depicting this thangka we will learn the presentation of Panchen Lama with Vajrabhairava, Dorje Setrap, and Chingkarwa, etc.

Lobzang Palden Yeshe was the 3rd Panchen Lama and the brother of the 10th . The Panchen Lama received teachings from the and recognized the . As the teacher of the Manchu emperor Qianlong, the Panchen Lama spent time in China and passed away in Beijing in the year 1780.

At the top center of the Panchen Lama, there is the with the fierce meditational deity.

Vajrabhairava

Vajrabhairava is at the left of the Panchen Lama in the thangka.

Dorje Setrap and Chingkarwa

Shri Devi Magzor Gyalmo with the Dorje Setrap is at the bottom center of the Panchen Lama. And Chingkarwa is on the right of the thangka.

Earlier, we studied the Viability of Panchen lama and depicting Panchen Lama, and representation of Panchen Lama with Amitabha Buddha Nower are going to learn about the presentation of Panchen Lama with Mahakala.

Panchen Lama with Mahakala Thangka

Panchen Lama with Mahakala was painted around 1800-1899 AD. The size of this painting is87.63×54.61cm. The base of the painting is cotton and the ground mineral pigment is used to color it. Panchen lama belongs to Gelug Lineage. This Masterpiece Thangka Art is still preserved and kept in the Rubin Museum of Art.

By depicting this thangka we will learn the presentation of Panchen Lama with Vajrabhairava and Shadbhuja Mahakala, etc.

Lobzang Palden Yeshe who is known as the 3rd Panchen Lama.

Heruka Vajrabhairava and Shadbhuja Mahakala

Heruka Vajrabhairavae’s presence at the top right of the Panchen Lama in the thangka. Shadbhuja Mahakala is at the bottom center of the Panchen Lama in the thangka. Sadbhuja Mahakala who has six hands.

Previously, we studied the Viability of Panchen lama and depicting Panchen Lama, representation of Panchen Lama with Amitabha Buddha, and representation of Panchen Lama with Mahakala. Now, we are going to learn about the presentation of Panchen Lama with White .

Panchen Lama with White Tara Thangka

Panchen Lama with White Tara was painted around 1700-1799 AD.  The base of the painting is cotton and the ground mineral pigment is used to color it. Panchen lama belongs to Gelug and Lineage. This thangka is from a private collection.

By depicting this thangka we will learn the presentation of Panchen Lama with Buddha, Je Tsongkapa Lobzang Dragpa, Kalzang Gyatso, Buddha, etc.

At the heart of the Panchen Lama, there is an image of . Panchen Lama wears the yellow Pandita hat typical of the Gelug tradition and the robes of a fully ordained on the right hand of the Panchen Lama are raised in a gesture of blessing while holding the stem of an Utpala flower supporting an upright sword of .

The left hand of the Panchen Lama is placed palm up in the lap, supports a long-life vase adorned with the letter ‘HRIH’ written in script. The left also holds the stem of a flower blossoming above the left shoulder supporting a book – representing the Sutra.

Vajradhara Buddha

Vajradhara Buddha is at the heart of . Vajradhara Buddha is a small figure of who is blue in color with the hands crossed at the heart in an embracing gesture.

Je Tsongkapa Lobzang Dragpa

Je Tsongkapa Lobzang Dragpa is at top left corner who is known as the founder of the Gelug Tradition of Tibetan .

Kalzang Gyatso

Kalzang Gyatso is at the top right of the thangka. Kalzang Gyatso is called the 7th Dalai Lama holding a wheel in the left hand and a with the right supporting a sword and book.

Amitayus Buddha

Amitayus Buddha is at the lower left and right sides of the thangka. Amitayus Buddha is red in color.

Previously, we studied the Viability of Panchen lama and depicting Panchen Lama, representation of Panchen Lama with Amitabha Buddha, and representation of Panchen Lama with Mahakala. And finally, we studied about the representation of Panchen Lama with White Tara.

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