Painting of Gyalwa Gyamtso “Almighty Ocean”

Gyalwa Gyamtso

Gyalwa Gyamtso

This exceptional 19th Century thangka, from the collection of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, was painted in Eastern Tibet according to the Karma Gardri tradition. It depicts the single form of “Almighty Ocean”, in Tibetan “Gyalwa Gyamtso” or in Sanskrit “Jinasagara”. Almighty Ocean is a red form of Loving Eyes (Tib. Chenresig, Skt. Avalokiteshvara), the buddha of compassion.

Details of the painting can be seen by enlarging the thumbnails below. From top left to to right: Secret Wisdom Dakini (Skt. Guhya Jnana Dakini); Horse Head (Tib. Tamdrin; Skt. Hayagriva); Black Coat (Tib. Bernagchen; Skt. Mahakala). From bottom left to bottom right, the three Tibetan forefathers of the Kagyu lineage – Marpa, Miarepa, and Gampopa.

Guhya Jnana DakiniHayagrivaBernagchenMarpaMilarepaGampopa


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