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Padmasambhava
May 11, 2018

This painting illustrates a practice from one of the Buddhist master Padmasambhava’s teachings, recorded when he brought Buddhism to Tibet. He is said to have hidden the teaching like a treasure [...]

Peaceful and Wrathful Deities of the Intermediate State (Bardo)
May 2, 2018

At the moment of death, according to Buddhist belief, we have an opportunity to attain an enlightened state of mind. However, our own karma brings up various visions, including terrifying ones [...]

Eight Kalkin Kings of Shambhala
April 25, 2018

Representing the Kalachakra lineage of transmission by grouping several kings in one composition [...]

Surya, the Twelfth Kalkin King of Shambhala
April 18, 2018

Believed to be a hidden kingdom, Shambhala is a pure land ruled by enlightened kings who act as holders of the Kalachakra Tantra (Wheel of Time) teachings [...]

Sureshana, the Seventh King of Shambhala
April 11, 2018

The hidden kingdom of Shambhala is a pure land whose kings hold the powerful Buddhist teachings of the Kalachakra Tantra (Wheel of Time) [...]

Mandala of the Kingdom of Shambhala
April 4, 2018

In this painting, the hidden kingdom of Shambhala can be visualized through the sacred structure of the mandala, an architectural map of a Buddhist pureland [...]

Rahula
March 28, 2018

Rahula is a personification of eclipses in Indian cosmology and an important protector deity in the Nyingma [...]

Cosmological Scroll
March 21, 2018

This eight-panel, double-sided scroll presents diagrams exploring various aspects of the cosmos as described in the [...]

Astrological Chart
March 7, 2018

This Tibetan astrological chart is an auspicious talisman and an instructional tool that is believed to bring good fortune to all those who see, display, or possess it. Such charts can often be [...]

Namkhai Nyingpo (Active 8th-9th Century)
February 28, 2018

The eighth-century master Namkhai Nyingpo, one of the twenty-five disciples of the Indian master Padmasambhava, is shown in this painting dressed in monastic robes and holding an arrow symbolizing longevity in his right hand [...]

Cover and Pages from a Tibetan Book of the Dead Manuscript
February 21, 2018

The Bardo Thodol, Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State, also known in the West as the Tibetan Book of the Dead, is the best-known work of Nyingma literature [...]

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