Our Guru Rinpoche statue depicts the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. Additionally, Tibetan Buddhists believe that he is the second Buddha of our time. Guru Rinpoche is an important figure that helped to construct the first Tibetan monastery at Samye. Indeed, the Tibetan King was impressed with his teachings and his method of tantric Buddhism was chosen to be the national religion. The history of Guru Rinpoche is very limited, however he has a deep spiritual background. Devotees also refer to him as “lotus born” Padmasambhava. This is because he claimed to be born in the pure land of Oddiyana. The land of Oddiyana also has little historical accounting because it is a pure land of spiritual origin.
Guru Rinpoche Statue Features:
Our Guru Rinpoche 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 tools include the vajra which he holds in his right hand. The mythical vajra was the preferred weapon of the Vedic deity Indra. In Sanskrit, vajra translates as thunderbolt or diamond. It is a symbol of war that was won in battle. However spiritually, it represents the masculine attribute of compassion or skillful means. It is the eternal union of wisdom and compassion which is supreme enlightenment.
Our Guru Rinpoche statue was handmade using the lost wax method. As a result, it portrays the intricate detail in all aspects of the statue. Additionally, the statue features an oxidized finish which creates an antiquated look. The silver plating adds highlighting to the statue. Click here to learn more about the founding father of Tibetan Buddhism.