Zangdok Palri Lotus Gau

Zangdok Palri Lotus Gau


This Lotus Gau with ornate filigree is a reliquary that can be placed on one’s shrine or hung on the wall. It easily opens so that one can place precious relics inside its spacious interior. The gau features a reproduction gicleé print by Pema Namdol Thaye on acid free fine art paper encased with a glass front.

Copper with electroplated gold
Size 1.5" x 3.75” x 4.3”

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Zangdok Palri, known as the Glorious Copper-Colored Mountain, is the terrestrial Pure Land of Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche). Zangdok Palri is located on the southeastern subcontinent Chamara (sometimes identified with Sri Lanka), which was an untamed abode of demons until Guru Padmasambhava subdued them and transformed them into compassionate beings by means of his miraculous powers. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava lives today, in an indestructible body, in his palace atop the Copper-Colored Mountain.

According to the Nyingma tradition, Zangdok Palri itself is a mandala of esoteric dimension representing the inconceivable nature of awakened mind. It has been likened to a “blueprint for enlightenment” due to its ineffable power and truth. The portrayal of Zangdok Palri in this painting is derived from sources encoded by Guru Padmasambhava himself in more than fifteen Nyingma texts and is informed by the artist’s extensive training and experience in building three-dimensional mandalas using celestial measurements according to ancient tradition.