Tibetan Buddhist protection reliquary Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) in solid silver 925 plated gold 18k turquoise nan hong. wheel of life
Yunnan agate known as "nan hong" (south red)
Wheel of life on the back, turning as shown in the video available via this link
Dimensions: 58/40/13.5 mm
Weight of about 56 grams.
our article explaining the wheel of Buddhist life on our blog via this link
Padmasambhava literally born of the lotus, is an 8th century Buddhist master born probably during the first quarter of this century, in the Swat Valley in Pakistan also called Guru Rinpoche ("precious master").
Although it has 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 will leave because of court intrigues.
A number of legends have grown around the life and actions of Padmasambhava, 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 would be an offshoot of Amitabha related to tertuns to whom he would appear in visionary encounters and the practice of the yoga guru, especially in Rimé schools. The members of the Nyingma school consider him to be the founder of their tradition.
According to the legendary life of Padmasambhava, the latter was born a few years after the Buddha's Parinirvâna in miraculous form in the middle of a lake in the kingdom of Oddiyana located in the present-day Swat Valley.
He would have lived many centuries before coming to Tibet. For Tibetans in the lineage of the Dzogchen Nyingmapa, Shakyamuni Buddha represents the Buddha's principle that gives all the fundamental teachings gathered in the sutras. Padmasambhava is one with Shakyamuni Buddha but represents the even higher principle of the master who reveals all the initiation teachings of tantras. In other words, they are no different but Shakyamuni Buddha represents the exoteric aspect of Buddhism while Padmasambhava represents the esoteric aspect.
Padmasambhava is not only the founder of Buddhism in Tibet, it is also the origin of the terma tradition or "spiritual treasures" transmitted by those who discover them, the Terton of the school nyingmapa. On several occasions in his teachings Padmasambhava prophesied the coming to Tibet of the Karmapas of the Kagyu school.
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