Nyingma Tree Lineage Thangka is handpainted by Master Thangka Artist living in Bhaktapur Nepal. According to the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Samantabhadra is the supreme embodiment of Buddhahood.
Above the head of Guru Rinpoche, the main masters of the Nyingma lineage are portrayed, going back to the primordial Buddha Samanthabhadra.
Samantabhadra transmitted the Dzogchen teachings in the three heavenly realms of Akanishtha, Tushita, and the Realm of the 33 Gods.
About 50 years after Buddha Shakyamuni’s Maha parinirvana, the sambhogakaya buddha Vajrasattva who is inseparable from Buddha Shakyamuni transmitted the 6,400,000 tantras of the Great Completion to the first human guru of the Vajrayana, the Awareness-Holder Garab Dorje.
Garab Dorje transmitted the combined essence of the words, meanings, and esoteric instructions of Dzogchen to the great Pandita Master Manjushrimitra, who in turn passed the teachings in one single lineage to his principle disciple Shri Singha.
From Shri Singha the Dzogchen teachings passed to Jhanasutra, Guru Padmasambhava, and Vimalamitra — who was the principal teacher of the 500 great panditas of India at that time — and later to Vairochana.
Tibetan sacred art is revered as a creation of enlightened consciousness. Its brilliant colors and forms awaken the mind and energize consciousness; its images stimulate capacities for visualization and nourish the heart.
By evoking and communicating the qualities of realization directly, these images assure that insight will not be reduced to abstract concepts but will remain a living experience.