Milarepa with Manjushri Painting is hand-painted on Cotton Canvas in Kathmandu, Nepal. Milarepa is one of the most widely known Tibetan Saints. His spiritual lineage was passed along to his chief disciples, Gambopa and Rechung.
Milarepa is presented at the center of the thangka. Six Buddhas are presented at the top right and top left corner of the painting. Amitabha Buddha is resented at the top of the Milarepa in the painting. Manjushree is presented at the bottom left corner of the painting. Vajrapani is presented at the bottom right corner of the painting.
Iconography of Milarepa
In addition to Rechung’s narrative of his life, summarized below, Milarepa extemporaneously composed innumerable songs throughout his life relevant to the dramatic turns of events of himself and his disciples in accordance with an art form that was in practice at the time. These songs have been widely sung and studied in Tibet ever since and have been recorded as the Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa. His faithful devotion, boundless religious zeal, monumental forbearance, superhuman perseverance, and ultimate final attainment are a great inspiration today for all.
His auspicious life illumined the Buddhist faith and brought the light of wisdom to sentient beings everywhere.
Mantra of Milarepa
The mantra of Milarepa is Om Ah Guru Hasa Vajra Hung.
Iconography of Amitabha buddha
Amitabha Buddha is presented at the top of the Milarepa in the painting. Amitabha is head of the Lotus Family, one of the oldest & significant of the Five Buddha Families. This family represents love, purity, compassion & peace. Amitabha Purelandis a place of infinite bliss & boundless light.
Amitabha Buddha is also one of the five Tathagatas representing the wisdoAmitabha Buddha is also one of the five Tathagatas representing the wisdom of discriminating awareness. Amitabha Buddha is red in color. He is represented in the stupa facing to the west. He rides on a peacock symbolizing that he can take away the suffering of others just as the peacock eats poisonous plants and yet his tail shines forth.
Mantra of Amitabha Buddha
The mantra of Amitabha Buddha is om a mi ta bha hrih.
Iconography of Manjushree
Manjushree is presented at the left-down corner of the painting. Manjushree is the Bodhisattva who holds the flaming sword of enlightenment, by his left hand in a warning hand gesture in the left hand representing his realization of wisdom to cut through ignorance & wrong view. His right hand depicted in teaching holds the stem of a Blue Lotus flower upon which rests the Book (Pustaka) of Perfection of Transcendental Wisdom.
Mantra of Manjushree
The mantra of Manjushree is Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih.
Iconography of Vajrapani
Vajrapani is presented at the bottom right corner of the thangka. Vajrapaṇi is one of the earliest bodhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism. He is the protector and guide of the Buddha and rose to symbolize the Buddha’s power.
Vajrapani is pictured dancing wildly within a halo of flames which represents transformation. He holds a vajra (thunderbolt) in his right hand which emphasizes the power to cut through the darkness of delusion. Vajrapani looks wrathful, but as a representation of the enlightened mind. He is completely free from hatred.
Mantra of Vajrapani
The mantra of Vajrapani is om vajrapani hum phat.