Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting

12.6 Chögyal Phagpa Lodö Gyaltsen

In this small Thangka shows the "Honorable Dharma King" Lodrö Gyaltsen [1235 - 1280] below a parasol of honour. Also named Chögyal Phagpa, but mostly called "Phagpa" or the "Honorable", he was the nephew and successor of Sakya Pandita. Here he is depicted as a young boy, probable shortly after his enthronement.

Phagpa is shown as a head abbot and propagator of the Dharma. He is sitting on a magnificent decorated Throne, behind which several people are found. The one on the left is clearly identifiable as a Mongol man.

Phagpa spent much for time in the court of the Mongol Emperor Khublai Khan [1215 - 1294], to whom he explained the meaning of the Hevajra Tantra.

Phagpa surrendered Tibet to the worldwide Mongol empire in order to avoid an invasion and the inevitable loss of the country. But he greatly impressed the Mongol warlord with his honesty and his charismatic power. He began to teach Buddhism to tame the Mongols´ violent ways. He was honoured and recognised as a great spiritual leader, and the Mongolian - Tibetan relationship of "patron and priest" was begun.

In 1253, Phagpa became the court priest of Kublai Khan. Then in 1260, when Kublai Khan become emperor, Phagpa became imperial preceptor and was given administrative responsibility for all of Tibet.

In 1264 Kublai Khan conferred on him the title of tishrii [Vice king of Tibet]. This is how the connection between worldly and spiritual power was first created in Tibet. The administration of the country was established in the Shakya monastery and its head abbots became political leaders.

In 1279 Kublai Khan became Emperor of China. The inexhaustible treasuries, which were send to the Shakyapas from China, were used to embellish and enlarge the Shakya monastery in Tibet.

Measurements: 5.5 x 6.9" | 14 x 17,5 cm
Price: on request
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany or Nepal
Color: Color Version
Material: Natural Stone Colors