Reproduction gicleé print by Pema Namdol Thaye
Natural pigments & 24kt gold
Original size 14.25 x 21.5"
Guru Padmasambhava is the beloved Indian master whose coming was foretold by Shakyamuni Buddha in the Mahaparinirvana Sutra. An expression of spontaneous arising of pure mind-awareness, Guru Padmasmabhava is believed to embody the essence of the enlightened activities of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas. He is highly revered as the “Second Buddha” who established the Buddha Dharma in Tibet and its neighboring Himalayan regions in the eighth century C.E. and who founded the Nyingma or Ancient school, the earliest lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. At the request of Abbot Shantarakshita of Nalanda University, the Tibetan Dharma King Trisong Detsen invited Guru Padmasambhava to Tibet in order to subdue the forces, both human and nonhuman, that were hostile to the establishment of the Dharma. As a great tantric master, he was able to tame the local nature spirits and demonic and arrogant humans, redirecting them to a new form of Buddhism that incorporated the indigenous cultural imagery and symbolism of Tibet.