This Tibetan Padmasambhava statue features a vulture feather on the tip of the hat symbolizing the highest view. At the request of the buyer, we can embellish the hat and jewelry of the statue with turquoise and red coral stones before delivery. As a result, your Tibetan Padmasambhava statue will stand out and inspire all those who see it.
Our Tibetan Padmasambhava statue is depicted holding the khatvanga which is leaning against his left shoulder. Additionally, the khatvanga symbolizes the three bodies (kayas) with three impaled human heads. These 3 kayas represent desire, form and formlessness. These impaled symbols reflect the total liberation of spiritual realization.
Padmasambhava symbolically holds the vajra in his right hand. The word vajra means diamond or thunderbolt in Sanskrit. Indeed, this is the same symbol that the generals carried into battle in ancient India. However, spiritually it symbolizes the indestructibility of the diamond and the unstoppable force of the thunderbolt. It is also the preferred weapon of the Vedic God Indra. As a result, the vajra has become associated with spiritual perseverance and indestructibility.
Furthermore, in the palm of his left hand he holds the elixir of eternal life in his vessel of immortality. Additionally, the vessel rests inside the kapala skull cup.
Tibetan Padmasambhava Statue History
Padmasambhava translates as “lotus born” in Pali. Additionally, the origins of Padmasambhava are mythical but they also have historical significance. The mystical location of his birth was called the “Land of the Dakinis”, also known as Oddiyana.
Padmasambhava was invited to Tibet in the 8th century to assist with the construction of the first Tibetan monastery at Samye. However, the Tantric teachings of Padmasambhava were accepted by the Tibetan King. As a result, our Tibetan Padmasambhava statue depicts the founder of the first Tibetan Buddhist tradition known as – Nyingma.
In Tibet, Padmasambhava is the father of Tibetan Buddhism and his followers believe he is the second Buddha who revealed Tantric Buddhism to sentient life. The first Buddha in our kalpa was the self taught Shakyamuni Buddha who revealed the original Dharma. Click here to learn more about the origin of Tibetan Buddhism.