Tristan Rigby: Editor's Note

We hope you will find the Rishigallery website an illuminating resource. The profusion of Buddhist deities, bodhisattvas, Buddhas & dakinis accoutered with a wide array of attributes can be to say the least confusing. As part of an on ongoing commitment, this website will explore the tantric symbolism & intends to clarify the significances behind the Buddhist Art. We will reply to all posted questions & welcome Kapalasuggestions to make all our featured text more relevent, together with ways to improve our service.
        The paintings displayed are of course religiously inspired. These images represent reified spiritual energy. With regard to the art found on this website, deference should be given to the Tantric Mahasiddas & the peoples in the lands of Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia & Bhutan whose faith these paintings illuminate. These countries have, by way of their spiritual comportment, preserved, maintained & developed the ideas which underly this artform.

        A sequence of peculiar events in my personal life led me to Kathmandu, Nepal in the Autumn of 2008. Like most visitors I wandered into some of the Thamel quarter's notorious Thankga Painting shop-cum-galleries. At the door of the first I happened upon, I was welcomed with a warbled "Cup of Chai, Sirr", by a diminutive though sprightly Nepalese gentleman called 'Maddan'. Deft of tongue, nimble in attentiveness he was keen to lay before, in between my sips of tea, the strangest & most mystifying paintings I had ever set eyes on. Such beguiling imagery. At one moment beautiful, at another bizarre, though undeniably intriguing. I quipped "Why is this one green & that blue?". "Oh that's Green Tara, and the blue one Medcine Boodarr". His flickering eye & sympathic smile all added to the other-worldliness. He must have appreciated my enthusiasm, or else a quick bit of business. The was followed by dozens of visits to Maddan's shop & I owe him much for his kindling my interest in Buddhist Art.



  Kevin Rigby: Editor's Father

    My father Kevin, was a man of extremes. Just as the great Prince Siddhatha Gautam Buddha, Kanishka & countless others who realised the illusion and often false promises presented by Society. I last saw him when I was five years old in his hippie habit, with long wisps of hair which freely cascaded down his purple cloak. He was always enigmatic & would touch the lives of many people in life and in death. Kapala During the late sixties he was one of the early pioneers who, along with his best friend Sean Jones, travelled overland to India, largely living on their wits, bent on seeking out the the mysteries of the east. In 1973, under the benevolence & stewardship of his esteemed friend Sean, he joined a Gelug Buddhist Monestary living in Macleod Gange, Dharamsala, India. There he studied & practiced Buddhism, illustrating some of the Glen Mullein's early translations of important Tibetan texts which had been smuggled out of Chinese occupied Tibet. These short texts contributed in no small way to the beginnings of the Dalai Lama's newly founded Tibetan Library of Works & Archives. After five years, he handed in his Robes returning to his mystic ways. Sadly he was assasinated in Swat in 1979 by a henchman of the ruling warlord. I knew nothing of my father from the age of five and only by a series of extraordinary circumtances, came to discover my father's fate. Kevin was until recently buried under an Amloch tree in a paddock beside the Swat River at the House he helped to build & with the inimicable Sean Jones in Qamarlandi, Swat.

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Marpa Lotsawa

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Outline: Marpa was a personal student of the Mahasiddha Maitripa. Tibetan Buddhist teacher credited with the transmission of many Vajrayana teachings from India, including the lineages of Mahamudra.

Begse [Prana Atma]

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Outline: Begse called Beg Tse Lcam Sring in Tibetan, & Prana Atma in Sanskrit in English means 'Great Coat of Mail'. He is the main protector of the Hayagriva cycle, taken to be the son of a demon (yaksha) &a goblin (rakshasi) .

Machig Lapdron

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Outline: Machig Lapdrön was a great Tibetan yogini who originated several Tibetan lineages of the Indian tantric practice of . Chöd. Iconographically, she is often depicted with the dakiniat tributes , representating of enlightened female energy.

Garuda

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Outline: Garuda [Aka. Suparna] is often associated with the sun. The term Garuda means 'devourer' viz. 'nagas' who represent earth energies. Suparna means 'golden feathered'. Here the bird grasps the Rahula who causes darkness.

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White Tara

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Outline: White Tara [Skt. Sita Tara] is often perceived to be born from the tear of Avalokeshvara. Also the mother of all the Buddhas & prajna of Vairochana Buddha.

Chenrezig

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  Size : 13'' x 9 1/4'' (33cm x 25cm)
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Outline:Chengrezig is associated with compassion for worldly suffering, a form of Lokeshvara unique to Tibetan Buddhism. Both the Dalai Llama & Karmapa are both perceived incarnations of Chengrezig.

Amogapasa

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  Name : Amogapasa Lokeshvar
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Outline: The term Amoghapasha [Lit. 'unfailing noose'] alluding to his unfailing compassion by which this form of Lokeshvara leads all sentient beings from suffering to bliss. A form Avalokeshvara found in the Amoghpasa Hrdya nama Dharani Sutra

Chakrasamvara [16]

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Outline: The word Chakrasamvara means Wheel of Bliss; he represents a non-dual union with the Samboghakaya realm of great bliss [Skt. Mahasukha].

Chakrasamvara [2]

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Outline: 2-Armed Chakrasamvara is the innermost form of deity 'Samvara' in the Mother Class of Tantra. Samvara represents a union with the Samboghakaya realm of bliss.

Heyvajra

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Dorje Drollo

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Nairatma 

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Outline:   Nairatmya (Tib: bdag med ma) is the consort of HeyvajraHer body is blue denoting infinite space, i.e. the limitless expanse of her awareness. She flows through the universe without impediment, having transcended ego-centered existence..

Manjushree 

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  Name : Arapachana Manjushree
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Outline:  The name Manjushree is usually translated as 'gentle glory', is 1st mentioned in the Sukhvati Vayu translated into Chinese between 384 & 417 AD. His Tibetan name Jampel-yang (contracted to Jamyang) similarly means 'gentle friend'.

Saraswati 

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Outline:  In Tibetan, Saraswati is Yang Chenmo; when her musical aspect is emphasized 'Piwa Karpo'. Her veena, stringed instrument, is associated with the consonants & vowels of the Sanskrit. Her own seed syllable is haym

Lokeshvara - Halhal 

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Outline:   Bodhisattva 'Lokeshvara' intercedes by manifesting on behalf of human suffering providing salvation borne out of a compassion. The avatars equip with tantric tools & symbolism as ways & means.

White Tara 

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Outline:   White Tara [Skt. Sita Tara] is often perceived to be born from the tear of Avalokeshvara. Also the mother of all the Buddhas & prajna of Vairochana Buddha, the Buddha of Light.

Sukhasiddi [SOLD]

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  Name : Khandroma Sukahsiddi (Meditational form)
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Outline:  This is the meditation form of Dakini Sukhasiddhi. The Tibetan Shangpa Kagu lineage descends from Naropa's consort Niguma [Skt. Vimalashri] & Sukhasiddhi.

Akasha Yog. [SOLD]

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Vidyadhari Yogini popularly known as Akasha Yogini is shown here traversing Khechari the Pure Land of the Dakinis (Tib. khandroma - sky traveler) the realm of liberated dakini bliss.

Amitayus

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Outline: Amitayus is the deity of infinite life, closely connected with Amitabha, the Buddha of infinite light. His hands cradle a vase containing the elixir of immortality [Skt.amrita] brimming with ashoka [lit. without sorrow] leaves.

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Vajra Sadhu

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Gautama Buddha

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Outline: Gautama Buddha called Shakyumuni by Theravada Buddhists, is revered by Vajrayana, Mahayana & Theravada traditions. To Theravadins he is almost 'christ-like' representing the apotheosis of all Buddhas & the true way to enlightenment, i.e. Nirvana.

Palden Lllamo

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Vajrayogni

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Kagu Karmapa [10th]

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  Name : Kagu Karmapa - 10th - Choying Dorje
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Outline: 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje wearing the black hat. His two hands are at his heart in the gesture of teaching while holding the stems of two lotus flowers, which blossom above his shoulders supporting a dorje & bell.

Prajnaparamita

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Akasha Yogini

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    Vajrakilaya

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  Name : Vajrakilaya {Vajrakila}
  Size : 13 1/4x9 1/2'' - (33.5x23.5cm)
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Outline: Vajrakila personifies the Ritual peg [Skt. Kila] used to bind the three 'poisons' [Skt. kleshas] of greed, hatred & delusion. A charcteristic are his 'Garuda [Suparna] wings' alluding to an ascent into light.

Krodha Vajrapani

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  Name : Krodha Vajrapani
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Outline: Vajrapani's compound name literaly means 'lightning' [Skt.Vajra] 'power' [Skt. Pani] alluding to the power of transformation. The Bodhisattva often features in a trinity with Manjushri {wisdom}, Lokeshvara {compassion} & Vajrapani {power}.


Achala [Jap.Fudo]

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Akasha Yogini

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Vajrasattva

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Outline: Vajrasattva [Tib. Dorje Sempa] represents the realisation of union of the three realms. In the Mahavairocana Sutra, he leads a host of beings to Vairocana Buddha to learn the Dharma.

Black Hayagriva

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  Name : Black Hayagriva [Yab-Yum]
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  Date : 2008
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Outline: Black Hayagriva Tantra was transmitted to Tibet by Padmasambhava. In this rare form, Haygriva is shown riding a nine-headed boar referring to the 9 planetary rasas & 9 Cemetery Contemplations & subjugation of negative energy.


Black Jambhala

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