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Tsuklak Gyatso (1568-1630), a Leader of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism
October 26, 2016

Tsuklak Gyatso (1567–1633) was the Third Pawo Rinpoche, an important and high-ranking teacher of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is represented in this painting not only [...]

Shantarakshita (active 8th century) with Scenes from His Life
October 19, 2016

The Indian scholar Shantarakshita was an important figure in establishing Tibetan Buddhist monastic and scholastic traditions in the eighth century. In this painting, which shows him surrounded by [...]

Lhachok Sengge
October 12, 2016

Lhachok Sengge (1468–1535), the ninth abbot of Ngor Monastery, was a great patron of the arts. In fact, he is known to have [...]

The Collected Works of Lochen Gyurme Dechen (1540-1615), Volume 2
October 5, 2016

This illuminated manuscript contains the writings and oral instructions of Lochen Gyurme Dechen (1540–1615), a Buddhist master of the [...]

Situ Panchen
September 28, 2016

Situ Panchen (1700–1774) was both a hierarch of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and an important patron and artist, credited with [...]

Shiva Parvati
September 21, 2016

The great Hindu god Shiva and his wife Parvati can be considered an exemplar of male-female relationships in the Hindu worldview. Their affection is evident in this sculpture, with [...]

Sanggye Sengge
September 21, 2016

This painting depicts the eleventh abbot of Ngor Monastery, Sanggye Sengge (1504–1569), a great patron of the arts, holding a golden vase of longevity. Signs of venerable age, such as silver stubble of hair and a receding hairline, suggest this is a [...]

Namkhal Nyingpo
September 14, 2016

The eighth-century master Namkhai Nyingpo, one of the twenty-five disciples of a founding figure of Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava, is shown in this painting dressed in monastic robes and holding an [...]

Mahasiddha Jalandhara
September 7, 2016

Legendary men and women called mahasiddhas, or great spiritually accomplished ones, are considered to be among the first teachers of Tantric Buddhist practices. Usually of [...]

Malachakra Vajrapani
August 31, 2016

Tibetan Buddhism played a prominent role in the courts of the Mongolian Yuan (1279–1638) and early Chinese Ming (1368–1644) dynasties, resulting in the creation of Tibetan Buddhist art in the imperial ateliers. Here a Tibetan composition depicting a [...]

Dralha Yesi Gyalpo
August 10, 2016

This painting depicts Dralha Yesi Gyalpo, a protector of the founder of the Bon religion, Tonpa Shenrab, who is [...]