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Padmasambhava's Paradise Surrounded by Scenes from the Life of Padma 'od 'bar
Guru Rinpoche

Artist/maker unknown, Tibetan

Made in Tibet, Asia

c. 19th century

Colors on cloth

Image: 36 x 25 1/8 inches (91.4 x 63.8 cm) Frame: 37 1/8 × 26 1/2 × 1/2 inches (94.3 × 67.3 × 1.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Stella Kramrisch, 1959

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Padmasambhava, brought to Tibet in the eighth century by a Tibetan king, founded tantric Buddhism, or Lamaism. An Indian guru, he subdued all the malignant gods of Tibet, sparing only those who converted to Buddhism and promised to be defenders of Buddhist doctrine. He is here surrounded with pictures of episodes from his life.