These giclee reproductions replicate antique Tibetan thangka paintings,
many originally housed in temples in Tibet. These masterfully painted,
iconographically accurate works of art are perfect for meditation practice
as well as being deeply aesthetically satisfying.
They are printed using archival, pigment-based inks on high quality poster
paper, engineered to give the highest resolution and color saturation achievable
with current digital printing technology.
Painting: 24 x 18.75.
Dudjom Tersar Refuge Tree: This thangka was painted by Chewang Dorje
in 2003, and depicts the Nyingma Refuge Tree, or Merit Field assembly, which is
visualized in the 'Preliminary Practices (ngondro) of the New Treasure
(tersar) tradition of Dudjom Rinpoche'. Padmasambhava is said to have written
the concise text for this practice in the ninth century, before concealing it as
a hidden treasure (terma) that would be discovered in a more degenerate time
when people had less time to practice the dharma. The great treasure-finder
(terton) who was destined to reveal this 'new treasure' was Dudjom Lingpa
(1835-1904), whose subsequent incarnation as Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe
Dorje (1904-87), then extensively taught this practice throughout his life.
Of this concise ngondro text, Dudjom Rinpoche said: "This is a condensed
version of the preliminary practices that clearly elucidates their essential
meaning, which is intended for those who do not fully understand or have the
time to perform the extensive preliminary practices." This Refuge Tree arises
from the waters of Lake Danakosha, the sacred lake where Padmasambhava, the
'Precious Guru who subjugates the Three Worlds', was miraculously born upon a
lotus. Padmasambhava appears at the top of the tree seated upon a lotus and
lion-throne, and wearing his characteristic lotus-hat and the three robes that
represent his mastery of the three Buddhist yanas or 'vehicles'. His radiant
aura is encircled with lotus flowers and a rainbow, and behind his lion-throne
are stacks of silk-covered dharma texts.
Directly above Padmasambhava are ten cloud-borne lineage gurus, which descend
in sequence from Samantabhadra at the top to the late Dudjom Rinpoche at the
lower right. Directly in front of Padmasambhava are the eight wrathful yidam
deities of the orally transmitted Mahayoga Tantra traditions, who each have
three heads, four legs and six arms, and stand in sexual union with their
consorts. These eight deities are: Yamantaka, Hayagriva, Shri Heruka,
Vajramrita, Vajrakila, Matarah, Lokastotrapuja, and Vajramantrabhiru.
On the main lotus-branch to Padmasambhava's right is a rainbow circle with
Shakyamuni seated at the centre of twenty-four other Buddhas, who collectively
represent the thousand Buddhas of our era. On the branch to Padmasambhava's left
is a similar rainbow that contains an inner circle of the eight great
bodhisattvas with Avalokiteshvara at its centre, and an outer circle that
contains the assembly of the Sixteen Arhats. And across the lower lotus petals
of the tree are the main male and female dharmapalas or protective deities of
the Nyingma tradition. In the upper sky are cloud-borne gods who hold various
sensual offerings, such as banners, parasols and musical instruments. And in the
lower landscape are auspicious offerings, prostrating practitioners, a palace,
and a monk making a mandala offering.
© text by Robert Beer
Approx Weight: 1.00 lb. / Each
Dimensions (LxWxH): 24.00 x 18.75 x 0.40 in.