Tibetan Padmasambhava Thangka Art is handpainted on cotton canvas. Padmasambhava is generally referred to as Rinpoche which means precious master.
Padmasambhava is presented at the center of the thangka. Two lamas are presented at the bottom left and right corners of the thangka. Padmasambhava is also referred to as the Second Buddha as he’s so important for assisting in the founding of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet.
Mantra of Padmasambhava
The mantra of Padmasambhava is Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum.
Guru Rinpoche is a totally enlightened being, a fully awakened one, a buddha.
|Size||80 x 60 cm|
|Material||Cotton Canvas and Mineral colors|
Iconography of Padmasambhava
The Khatvanga, a danda with three severed heads denoting the three kayas (the three bodies of a Buddha: the dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, and nirmanakaya), crowned by a Trishula and dressed in a sash of the Himalayan Rainbow or Five Pure Lights of the Mahabhuta is a particular divine attribute of Padmasambhava and intrinsic to his iconographic representation.
His two eyes are wide open in a piercing gaze. On his body, he wears a white vajra undergarment and, on top of this, in layers, a red robe, a dark blue Mantrayana tunic, a red monastic shawl decorated with a golden flower pattern, and a maroon cloak of a silk brocade. He has one face and two hands.
In his right hand, he holds a five-pronged vajra at his heart; and in his left, which rests in the gesture of equanimity, he holds a skull cup in the center of which is a vase of longevity filled with the nectar of deathless wisdom. Cradled in his left arm is a three-pointed Khatvanga representing the consort Mandarava. On his head, he wears a five-petalled lotus hat.
Wrathful and smiling, he blazes magnificently with the splendor of the major and minor marks. He is seated with his two feet in the royal posture.