Guru Padmasambhava Thangka is handpainted by Master Thangka Artist living in Bhaktapur Nepal. Guru Rinpoche is in the center of Thangka and Yeshe Tsogyal and Mandarava is in the button corner.
Padmasambhava is considered a manifestation of Buddha Amitabha and also known as Guru Rinpoche.
He was a tantric Buddhist master born in India and he played a fundamental role in bringing Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet in the eighth century.
Padmasambhava is also the founder of the Nyingma school, the oldest of the four major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
The legend says that he secretly taught Tantra to Mandarava, the princess of Rewalsar kingdom. When the king found out he tried to burn him alive, but Padmasambhava just sat in meditation and didn’t burn. Astonished by the miracle the king offered him both princess Mandarava and his kingdom.
Padmasambhava left with Mandarava and went to Nepal to practice secret tantric rituals. During this time they had a vision of Buddha Amitayus and achieved a special spiritual manifestation called “rainbow body”.
Both Mandarava and Padmasambhava’s other main consort, Yeshe Tsogyal reached Buddhahood, in fact, Guru Rinpoche is often portrayed between Mandarava, on his right, and Yeshe Tsogyal on his left.
In this thangka painting, Guru Rinpoche is depicted in his more traditional representation seated in royal posture holding a vajra in his right hand while his left hand holds a skull-cup containing a vase filled with the nectar of longevity and wisdom.
The five main consorts of Padmasambhava are considered emanations of Vajrayogini and considered not ordinary women but Dakini. There are also eight different manifestations of Padmasambhava himself, both in wrathful and peaceful forms, representing a different aspect of his being.
Mantra of Padmasambhava
The mantra of Padmasambhava is Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum.
- Om is the perfect splendor and richness of sambhogakaya
- Ah is the total unchanging perfection of dharmakaya, the manifest body of absolute reality
- Hung perfects the presence of Guru Padmasambhava as the nirmanakaya, the manifest body of emanation
- Vajra perfects all the Heruka deities of the mandalas
- Guru refers to the root and transmission gurus and the holders of intrinsic awareness
- The Padma perfects the assembly of dakas and dakinis
- Siddhi is the life force of all the wealth deities and the guardians of the treasure teachings
- Hung is the life force of the Dharmapala, the protective deities