A Thangka of Tsongkhapa, Tibet, 18th-19th century Intricately painted in fine detail with gouache and gold on linen. The thangka is a representation of Je Tsongkhapa, a very revered Tibetan scholar. He is seated with Sakymuni Buddha, Avalokatesvara and Majushri. He was said to be an emanation of all three. On the back, the top three syllables are Om Ah Hum.
The paragraph is a request and roughly translates thus:
“Glorious, precious root Guru, Please come to the lotus and moon seat at my crown, And in your great kindness, please remain with me. Please bestow upon me the blessings of your body, speech and mind. Glorious, precious root Guru, Please descend to the lotus and moon seat in my heart, And in your great kindness, please remain with me. Please grant me the common and supreme realizations. Glorious, precious root Guru, Please remain on the lotus and moon seat in my heart, And in your great kindness, please remain with me. Please remain until I achieve the essence of Enlightenment.“
Tsongkhapa, flanked by lotus flowers supporting the sword and the book of wisdom, is surrounded by other religious Buddha figures and deities such as the Green Tara, White Tara. the blue-skinned Medicine Buddha or the wrathful Vajrapani. Condition: Minor losses, edge tears, stains and minute touch ups, overall good and original condition.
Dimensions textile: 10.6 Inches X 8.5 Inches. (27 x 21 cm).
New Frame: 14.5 x 17 Inches
Tsongkhapa (“The man from Tsongkha”,1357–1419), usually taken to mean “the Man from Onion Valley”, born in Amdo, was a famous teacher of Tibetan Buddhism whose activities led to the formation of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. He is also known by his ordained name Losang Drakpa (Wylie: blo bzang grags pa) or simply as “Je Rinpoche” (Wylie: rje rin po che). Also, he is known by Chinese as Zongkapa Lobsang Zhaba, He was the son of a Tibetan Longben Tribal leader who also once served as an official of the Yuan Dynasty of China. In his two main treatises, the Lamrim Chenmo (Wylie: lam rim chen mo) and Ngakrim Chenmo (Wylie: sngags rim chen mo), Tsongkhapa meticulously sets forth this graduated way and how one establishes oneself in the paths of sutra and tantra.