Guru Padmasambhava 14-inch Statue
Statue height is 14inches / 36cmsAccording to legend, Padmasambhava was born not from a woman, but as an eight year-old boy in the center of a lotus in North India. He played a crucial role in the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet, subduing the defiant local spirits and founding the first tantric sect, the Nyingmas.
In 760, the Tibetan king Trisong Detsen invited Padmasambhava to Tibet to subdue the local spirits that were obstructing the establishment of Buddhism. The king had been attempting to build the first monastery in Tibet, but local spirits demolished by night the work that had been done during the day.
Padmasambhava agreed to travel to Tibet, and after subduing the strongest among the demons, none dared to challenge his authority. Some even converted to Buddhism, and remain to this day guardians of Buddhism in Tibet. In fact, Samye, the first great monastery in Tibet, was partially built by these spirits.
In Tibet Padmasambhava hid many teachings called terma, “hidden treasures,” which were to be revealed later when the time was right. The adepts who reveal these treasures are known as tertons, or “Treasure Revelers,” and have played an important role in the Nyingma tradition.
Our statues are created strictly following proportions as they are laid out in Buddhist scripture. The face of each statue is painted by our thangka painters with 24k gold paint, which has a matte look and reflects light similar to how skin does. The hand-beaten ornaments the deity carries are then gold plated and adorned with semi-precious gems.
Cast statue rests on a hand-beaten lotus base.
Learn more about statue-making at Norbulingka here.