Bronze Buddha statuette. Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava. Vajrayana Buddhism. Tibet. Authentic traditional temple statuette.
The bronze used is called purple bronze. It is a high-quality bronze, holding its characteristic color to a high copper content.
Tibetan statuette made by specialized Tibetan craftsmen.
Dimensions: 32 cm high, 19cm wide by 13cm deep.
The bottom unscrews to put offerings and prayers inside during the blessing like all traditional Buddhist statuettes.
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Padmasambhava literally born of the lotus, is a Buddhist master of the eighth century born probably during the first quarter of this century, in the Swat Valley of Pakistan also called Guru Rinpoche ("precious master").
Although he existed historically, nothing is known of him except that he participated in the construction, at the request of King Trisong Detsen, of the first Buddhist monastery in Samye in Tibet, which he left due to court intrigues.
A number of legends have grown around Padmasambhava's life and deeds, and he is widely revered as a "second Buddha" across Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and the Himalayan states of India.
In Tibetan Buddhism, it is associated with terma literature, and is said to be an emanation of Amitabha related to tertöns to whom it would appear in visionary encounters and the practice of the guru yoga, especially in the Rimé schools. The members of the Nyingma school consider him the founder of their tradition.
According to the legendary life of Padmasambhava, the latter was born a few years after the Buddha's Parinirvana in miraculous form in the middle of a lake in the kingdom of Oddiyana located in the current Swat Valley.
He would have lived for many centuries before coming to Tibet. For Tibetans in the lineage of the Dzogchen Nyingmapa, Shakyamuni Buddha represents the Buddha principle that gives all the fundamental teachings gathered in the sutras. Padmasambhava is one with Shakyamuni Buddha but represents the principle, even higher, of the master who reveals all the initiatory teachings of the tantras. In other words, they are no different but Buddha Shakyamuni represents the exoteric aspect of Buddhism while Padmasambhava represents the esoteric aspect.
Padmasambhava is not only the founder of Buddhism in Tibet, he is also at the origin of the terma tradition or "Spiritual Treasures" transmitted by those who discover them, the Tertöns of the Nyingmapa school. Several times in his teachings Padmasambhava prophesied the coming to Tibet of the Karmapas of the Kagyu school.
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