Tibetan pendant, Buddhist protection amulet padmasambhava scorpion (Guru Rinpoche)
silver 925 and copper,
mantra on the belly
Dimensions of 36/34/18 mm
Weight of 26 grams.
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The padmasambhava scorpion (Guru Rinpoche) in its eighth manifestation (Guru Senge Dradog) is said to remove obstacles and remove negative energy. It comes from Mind Terma by Dudjom Rinpoche and is used for protection against harmful forces.
Guru Senge Dradog (Wylie: gu ru seng-sgra-sgrogs , Skrt: Guru Simhanada ) of Nalanda University, the Lion of The Debate, promulgator of the Dharma in the six kingdoms of beings. It is shown in a very ferocious, dark blue and imitative form of the powerful Bodhisattva Vajrapani, holding a lightning scepter in one hand and a scorpion in the other.
An amulet is a charm that serves to protect. (A talisman is the one who brings good fortune.) The image of a scorpion, often like a woodcut on rice paper, appears widely in Himalayan cultures for this purpose. A scorpion wheel charm is associated with a Tibetan Buddhist Yamantaka practice.
The legend of Begtse, the god of The Mongol War, tells how he converted to Buddhism in the 16th century at the sight of the Dalai Lama's transformation into Tchenrézi, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. As a result, it became a symbol of pacification and the last in the series of 8 (or 9) protectors of the Tibetan Buddhist dharma or Dharmapalas.
"He is depicted with all the ornaments of the Dharmapala, wielding a sword in his right hand, whose handle is in the shape of a scorpion, his left hand holds the orange heart of an enemy near his mouth, grabbing the same He tramples the corpse of a man with his left foot and the carcass of a horse of the right foot, his three eyes are full of fury against the enemies of the Dharma.
Nitin's essay in February 2001 at exotic India Art.
Scorpio in Tibetan is digpa ratsa means a negative or harmful action and also, a threat . As in the symbolism of Beg-tse, it evokes the power of the Buddha-Dharma to transform bad, even mortal, circumstances into beneficial ones.
For example, in the puja of fire for Vajradaka (Tib. Dorje Khadro ) who is a fierce and angry deity invoked to purify negative actions, black sesame seeds are used to represent problems and regrets. They are arranged in the shape of a scorpion which is then consumed by fire while the practitioners visualize all the physical, psychological and emotional obstacles annihilated with compassion by Dorje Khadro who devours them joyfully for us.
The tradition of the scorpion's transforming power makes it an appropriate symbol for the Vajrayana or tantric Buddhist masters. It is often used as a personal seal or stamp.
This stylized scorpion has 3 eyes, 8 legs with five segments and a tail with 5 joints. The numbers total 52, the number of weeks in a year. The print can be colored in blue, green and red to represent one of the three traditional elements: space/ ether, air and fire. The Ngak'chang Rinpoche has a scorpion seal, and the red scorpion of Ch-gyam Trungpa Rinpoche can sometimes be seen on his calligraphy.
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