Guru Rinpoche was born in the “land of the Dakinis”, also known as Oddiyana. The place of his birth is pure land that has both historical and mythical significance. Additionally, our Guru Rinpoche statue is a representation of Padmasambhava which means “lotus born”. When asked to identify himself, he claimed his father was Samantabhadra (Adi Buddha), his mother was Samantabhadri and that he was the “glorious Samantabhadra”. Samantabhadra is “primordial wisdom” and believed to be the first Buddha.
Our Guru Rinpoche statue represents the father of Tibetan Buddhism and Vajrayana practitioners believe he is the second Buddha. Gautama Buddha being the Buddha of our time who taught the Dharma. However, in Tibet his status is that of second Buddha of our time who taught Tantric Buddhism to sentient beings.
Guru Rinpoche Statue Features:
This statue of Padmasambhava holds the khatvanga supported by the palm of his left hand. Impaled on the khatvanga are 3 heads representing the 3 bodies (kayas). These 3 kayas are desire, form and formlessness. Their impalement on the khatvanga represents his total liberation from them.
There is a vajra in his right hand which is a symbolic item that generals carried into battle in ancient India. However, spiritually it symbolizes the indestructibility of the diamond and the unstoppable force of the thunderbolt. Additionally, it is the preferred weapon of the Vedic God Indra. The vajra has become associated with spiritual perseverance and indestructibility. Furthermore, the word vajra means diamond or thunderbolt in Sanskrit.
Our Guru Rinpoche statue features the 5 petals of the lotus flower on his hat. Additionally, in the palm of his left hand he holds the elixir of eternal life in his vessel of immortality.
This statue is hand crafted using the lost wax casting method which results in the best portrayal of intricate detail. Additionally, our Nepali artisans have been supplying the Tibetan monasteries with Buddha statues for over 1000 years. As a result, when you purchase one of our Guru Rinpoche statues you can be assured you have purchased a monastic quality sculpture.