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Tibet, Padmasambhava (4)

The co-founder of Tibetan Buddhism is normally depicted seated in the lotus position, his right hand holding a thunderbolt or vajra, the left hand holding a skull cup filled with nectar or jewels, a… 262 more words

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A Buddhist Sunday - Medicine

There is a Buddha for long life (Sanskrit: Amitāyus, Tibetan: Tsepame) which is basically the same as the Buddha Amithabha (Tibetan Öpame – see last week). 160 more words

Tibet, famous lamas (1)

An inscription on the back identifies this lama as Chogle Namgyal, from the Bodong E monastery. He sits on a single lotus base, his hands in the teaching and understanding gestures, holding the stem of lotuses that support a sword (to his right) and a manuscript (to his left). 360 more words

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Tibet, Tsong Khapa (2)

This is an early and exceptional sculpture of Tsong Khapa (1357-1419), founder of the Gelug order. He is seated in the lotus position, his body tightly wrapped in patched garments made of long strips of metal. 272 more words

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Tibet, two 11th c. seated buddhas

This dark Indian-style copper alloy sculpture depicts Shakyamuni seated in the lotus position, his right hand calling Earth to witness, the left hand in the meditation mudra – the slightly closed fingers indicate that there may have been a bowl, now lost, in his hand. 175 more words

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the 6 year Program of Tibetan Buddhist Studies

Friday was a big day for 25 of my fellow student here in Dhasa (Dharmsala). We where all accepted to the 6 year Program of Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Library of Tibetan Works and Arts (LTWA) in Mc Leod Ganj Dharmasala. 294 more words


Tibet, 11-head Avalokiteshvara (2)

When depicted with 11 heads and 8 arms, Avalokiteshvara normally has 3 rows of peaceful heads stacked on one another+ Mahakala’s head+ buddha Amitabha’s head. His main hands are in a prayer gesture at heart level, he has a lotus, a bow and a water pot in the remaining left hands, a rosary, dharma wheel in the top right hands, the lower one is along his body, palm open, doing the gesture of generosity. 207 more words

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