Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting

3.61 Vajradhara Refuge Tree [2]

Shakyapa Lineage

This with 135 x 210 cm exceptionally large scroll painting shows in great detail 94 different deities and lamas. Use the six links below for more detailed descriptions.

Vajradhara is the primordial buddha, the dharmakaya buddha and is regarded as the highest deity in the Buddhist pantheon. Vajradhara, expresses the quintessence of buddhahood itself. Vajradhara represents the essence of the historical Buddha's realization of enlightenment.

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Once the succession of Tibetan Gurus and disciples had reached significant proportions, it became popular custom to represent such spiritual genealogies in the form of a cosmic tree uniting all the saints, buddhas and deities of the order concerned.

This thangka shows the refuge tree of the Tibetan Buddhist Sakyapa lineage with the historical Buddha Shakyamuni in the center.

Rising out of the cosmic waters with the world mountain Sumeru, the tree, which is in blossom, is guarded by a lot of protectors of the Teaching [lowest row], which belongs to the Kagyupa Pantheon.

The painting shows four sections of saints, Buddhas and goddesses:

The Sakya [Tibetan: ས་སྐ] lineage is one of four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the others being the Nyingma, Kagyu, and Gelug. It is one of the Red Hat Orders along with the Nyingma and Kagyu.

The Buddhas, saints and deities depicted can be classified into four groups:

1. Lamas of Shakyapa lineage
2. Lamas of Kagyu lineage
3. Yidams and
4. Dakinis

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Measurements: 53.1 x 82.7" | 135 x 210 cm
Price: on request
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany or Nepal
Color: Color Version
Material: Natural Stone Colors
High resolution: Display [3.3 MB, 2640 x 3612 px.]