Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting

5.4 Hevajra [1]

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This large painting shows the blue Hevajra holding a white skull in each of his sixteen hands. Each skullcup in Hevajras hands contains one of the following objects: [on the right] elephant, horse, ass, ox, camel, man, lion, and cat: [on the left] earth, water, air, fire, moon, sun, Yama and Vaisravana.

His central face is blue, right white, left and upper face red and the four remaining side faces black. The first pair of hands crossed at the heart hold skullcups and embrace his blue "wisdom" consort Vajra Nairatmya, with one face and two hands. She is also a deity of subtle wisdom in her own right, a Tantric form of "Prajnaparamita", Mother of all Buddhas. She holds a chopper in her outstreched right hand.

Each face has three eyes and yellow hair flowing upward like flames. Adorned with crowns of five skulls, bone ornaments and a garland of fifty fresh heads they both stand atop four stacked figures, a sun disc, multi-coloured lotus blossom and a throne seat surrounded by the orange and red flames of pristine awareness fire.

The folowing deities are depicted encircling the throne [starting top left clockwise]

- Chakrasamvara
- Vajradhara
- fourarmed Chakrasamvara
- Vajrabhairava
- Guhyasamaja

Hevajra is the most important archetype deity od the Sakya Order. The Hevajra Tantra is considered the basic Mother tantra, and its contemplation is particulary excellant in creating the conditions for the blazing of the inner fury-fire [Tib.: tummo] so important to Himalayan yogis, such as Milarepa.

Encountering Hevajra Buddha, one recalls the Shiva Nataraja in Hindu iconography, but in Buddhism there is no question od destroying the living universe - only the world of egoistic suffering should be consumed in the supernova flames.

Measurements: 27.6 x 37.8" | 70 x 96 cm
Price: on request
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany or Nepal
Color: Color Version
Material: Natural Stone Colors
High resolution: Display [1.2 MB, 2232 x 2960 px.]