Padmasambhava (Lotus Born)
Tibetan: Pe-ma Jung-ne
At the bottom left is the pandita Shantirakshita, wearing the robes of a monk and a red pandita hat performing the mudra of explication. Seated with the legs pendant in a western style he is attended by two monks presenting offerings. (The monk holding the begging bowl is labelled with the name Dorje Dudjom inscribed with fine gold lettering). To the right is King Trisong Deutsen performing the Dharma Teaching mudra while holding the stems of two lotus blossoms supporting a wisdom sword and book. The queen sits to the lower right while two laymen in front present offerings. In between the ground is strewn with heaps of wishing jewels, precious objects and a gold Dharma Wheel.
"Miraculous buddha arising from a lotus, unborn, undying, possessing a vajra body, performing the activity of all buddhas of the three times; homage to Padmasambhava." (Nyingma liturgical verse).
Principal among the many teachers to bring Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century, Guru Rinpoche has numerous forms representing outer, inner and secret aspects. Within the Kama (Oral) Tradition of the Nyingmapa School, Padmasambhava was born in Northern India as the son of a king or minister. In the Terma (Treasure) Tradition he was born on a lotus in Dhanakosha lake as an emanation of the Buddha Amitabha.
Amitabha ('od pa med or snang ba mtha' yas), The Dharmakaya Buddha in the Lotus family, of whom Guru Padmasambhava is said to be an emanation. Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal (mkha' 'gro ye shes mtsho rgyal), the Tibetan Queen who became Padmasambhava's chief disciple. Mandarava, the Indian princess from Zahor (the present Mandi) who was the second chief disciple of Padmasambhava.
As recorded in the Sutra of Final Nirvana and in other prophecies, the Buddha announced that 12 years after his parinirvana he would reappear through an immaculate birth in the country of Oddiyana, bearing the name Padmasambhava, and spread extensively the teachings of the tantras. This rebirth was the Lotus Born Guru, who is said to have emanated from the heart of Buddha Amitabha and miraculously appeared in the form of an eight-year-old child upon a lotus, at Danakosha Lake in Oddiyana. At the invitation of King Trisong Deutsen (khri srong lde btsan, 742-797) Padmasambhava came to Tibet where he built the first monastery at Samye and inspired the translation of most of the Buddhist canonical texts by outstanding Indian pandits and Tibetan translators. Padmasambhava taught the Vajrayana and bestowed initiations and pith instructions to countless disciples, especially those renowned as the "twenty-five disciples." For the sake of future generations he, the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal and his other chief disciples concealed countless teachings in the form of spiritual treasures, or Termas (gter ma). Finally, at the Gungthang pass, he soared into the sky, riding his horse, and departed Tibet for Chamara (rnga yab gling), the south-western land of the Rakshasas. There he is said to remain, in the "immortal rainbow-body of great transference ('ja' lus 'pho ba chen po)." It is said that in different circumstances, he manifested in various forms, chiefly eighth known as the The Eight Manifestations, or Names (gu ru mtshan brgyad).
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