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 a tree with the congregation of saints [Tib.: Tshogs Shing] of the Kagyü order of the Karmapas.
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.
At the top of the tree we see the blue Vajradhara, who is also the main figure in the center of the refuge tree.
There are for sections of saints, Buddhas and goddesses in this painting:
|1. Lamas of Kagyupa lineage||2. Lamas of other lineages|
|3. Yidams and||4. Dakinis|
|Measurements:||15.7 x 23.6 " | 40 x 60 cm|
|Shipment:||Parcel Service from Germany or Nepal|
|Material:||Natural Stone Colors|