Guru Marpa Statue
Our Guru Marpa statue is a depiction a renown master of Tibetan Buddhism. Additionally, he is the founder of the Kagyu Tibetan school. Guru Marpa Lotsawa is also known as “Marpa the Translator” . This is because he brought many of the ancient teachings from India to Tibet. Including the Buddha’s Dharma teachings.
Guru Marpa was born in southern Tibet to a wealthy family. However, he converted his inheritance to gold and used the money to fund his travels in India. It is believed that he studied under the Indian Buddhist master Naropa and his disciples. Therefore, Guru Marpa was destined to become a renown Buddhist master in his own right.
Additionally, he would develop his own following of disciples including the venerable Guru Milarepa. The nine story tower that Guru Milarepa built for Marpa still exists today in Lhodrak, Southern Tibet. Due to the death of Guru Marpa’s son Darma Dode, Guru Milarepa was to inherit the Kagyu lineage from Marpa.
Guru Marpa Statue Features
This Guru Marpa statue is hand crafted by the artisans in Patan, Nepal. The statue is also face painted by hand and it is fully gilded in 24k gold. Additionally, the statue features an antiquated finish to add radiance to this depiction of the Tibetan master. Guru Marpa was believed to have an angry face and a fat body. Also, some sources say he had hair standing straight up 5 inches. However, other sources tell us that his hair was flat and matted. Guru Marpa lived from 1012-1097 ACE.
The renown sculptors in Patan have been using the lost wax sculpting method for many centuries. They have long been the preferred source of Guru Marpa statues for the Tibetan Monasteries. As a result, when you purchase this statue you can rest assured it is of monastic quality.