Tibetan Buddhism Iconographic – Part ii


Tibetan Religious imagery can be overwhelmed during your Tibet trip. The scale is breathtaking. However, it helps you to understand and surely enjoying if you could recognize some of those when you travel through Tibetan plateau. In this Tibetan Buddhism Iconographic Guide you will find the names of the deities most frequently depicted in the monasteries, Chorten and Temples across Tibetan plateau

Among of which, the image representing the spiritual teachers of the past are Buddha Sakyamuni, Padmasambhava and Tsongkhapa…and more; those representing the meditational deities are Vajrakumara, Cakrasamvara , Kalacakra; those representing dakinis of sudden-enlighten activity is Vajravarahi; and the protector deities are Mahakala, Shridevi, and more….


Six Ornaments



Phakpa Ludrub (Mahasiddha)

Nagarjuna

Mahasiddha Nagarjuna

Phakpa La

Aryadeva

aryadeva phakpa la

Thok-me

Asanga

asanga thok me

Yiknyen

Vasubandhu

vasubandhu

Choklang

Dignaga

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Chodrak

Dharmakirti

Dharmakirti

Two Supreme Ones


Yonten-O

Gunaprabha,

Gunaprabha

Shakya O

Shakyaprabha

shakyaprabha shakya

1. According to one way of counting the Six Ornaments and Two Supreme Ones, Two Supreme Ones refers to Gunaprabha, and Shakyaprabha

2. According to another tradition, Two Supreme Ones refers to

  • Nagarjuna, the founder of the tradition of Profound View and
  • Asanga, the founder of the tradition of Vast Conduct.

Three Early Tibetan Kings



Nyetri Tsenpo

Nyetri-Tsenpo

Lhatotori Nyentsen

Lhatotori-Nyentsen

Songtsen Gampo

Songsten-Gampo

Tibetan script inventor



Thonmi Sambhota

Thonmi-Sambhota

Nyingma Pa Founders


Pema Jungne

Padmakara

padamakara

Zhi Wa Tso

Shantaraksita

Shantarakshita

Tibet King

Trisong Detsen

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The Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava



Lake-born Vajra

Tsokye Dorje

Tsokye-Dorje

Lion of the Shakyas

Shakya Senge

shakya-senge

Rays of the Sun

Nyima ozer

Nyima-ozer

Lotus-born

Padmasambhava

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'Wise Seeker of the Sublime

Loden Chokse

loden-chokse

The Lotus King

Pema Gyalpo

Pema-Gyalpo

The Lion's Roar

Senge Dradok

Senge-Dradok

Wild Wrathful Vajra

Dorje Drolo

Dorje-Drolo

The 40th Tibet King



Tri Ralpachen

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Kadampa Founders


Atisha

Atisha

Dromtonpa

Dromtonpa

Ngok Lekpei Sherab

Ngok-Lekpei-Sherab

Kagyu Founders


The Translator

Marpa

Marpa

Yogi and Poet

Milarepa

Milarepa

The man from Gampo

Gampopa

gampopa

The 1st Karmapa

Dusum Khyenpa

Dusum-Khyenpa

Phagmo Drupa

Dorje Gyelpo

Dorje-Gyalpo

Drigungpa

Jikten Gonpo

Jigten-Gonpo

Taklung Tangpa

Tashi Pel

Tashi-Pel

Tsangpa Gyare

Yeshe Dorje

Tsangpa-GyaRe

Sakya Five Founders


The first of the Five Sakya fathers

Kunga Nyingpo

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The second of the Five Sakya fathers

Sonam Tsemo

sonam-tsemo

The third of the Five Sakya fathers

Drakpa Gyaltsen

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The fourth of the Five Sakya fathers

Sakya Pandita

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The fifth of the Five Sakya fathers

Drogon Chogyal Phagpa

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11th Abbot of Shalu Monastery

Buton Rinchen Drub

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The Buddha from Dolpo, the founder of the Jonang tradition

Dolpopa Sherab Gyeltsen

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Longchenpa

Longchen Rabjampa

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King of the Empty Plain

Tangtong Gyalpo

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Gelug Pa Founders


The Man from Onion Valley

Tsongkhapa

tsongkhapa

Gyaltsab Darma Rinchen

gyaltsab

Khedrubje Gelek Pelzang

khedrupje

Gelug Pa Masters


Dalai Lama III

Sonam Gyatso

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The Fifth Desi (Regent)

Sangye Gyatso

sangye-gyatso

Dalai Lama XIII

Thubten Gyatso

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Panchen Lama IV

Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen

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Dalai Lama VI

Rigdzin Tsangyang Gyatso

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Dalai Lama V

Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso

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Four Guardian Kings


East Guardian King

Dhritarastra

east-guardian-king

South Guardian King

Virudhaka

south-guardian-king

West Guardian King

Virupaksa

west-guardian-king

North Guardian King

Vaishravana

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