Guru Rinpoche Buddha Statue
Our Guru Rinpoche Buddha statue depicts the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. The Tantric school was brought to Tibet from India in the 8th century A.C.E by Guru Rinpoche. As a result, he is a highly venerated figure among Vajrayana Buddhists.
There is a historical account of a Guru Rinpoche however, what is written in history is very limited. Although he has an extensive spiritual background. He is also known as Padmasambhava, which means “lotus born”. This is because he claimed to be born in the pure land of Oddiyana. Similar to Guru Rinpoche, this land has a historical accounting but is also a pure land of mythical origin.
Guru Rinpoche Buddha Statue Features:
Our Guru Rinpoche Buddha statue is depicted with the khatvanga leaning against his left shoulder. Additionally, on the tip of the khatvanga are the three impaled heads of the 3 kayas desire, form and formlessness. Also, the khatvanga is tipped with a small trident.
In the palm of his left hand he holds his vessel of immortality which is filled with the elixir of eternal life. Other symbolic implements include the mythical vajra which was the preferred weapon of the Vedic deity Indra. The vajra is very symbolic in religions of Indian origin. In Sanskrit, vajra translates as thunderbolt or diamond. It is a symbol of war that was won in battle. However spiritually, it represents the indestructibility of virtue.
Our Guru Rinpoche Buddha statue was hand made using the lost wax method. As a result, it portrays the intricate detail in the symbols he is featured with including his robe. Additionally, the statue features an oxidized finish which creates an antiquated look to the statue. However, the artisan used a lighter touch which still allows the intricate detail of the statue to be appreciated.
Our artisans in Patan, Nepal have been the primary source of Buddha statues used by the Tibetan monasteries. As a result, when you purchase one of our Guru Rinpoche Buddha statues you can rest assured you have received a monastic quality sculpture.