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 Lotus suggestions 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.

  Tim

    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

  Original Painting 
  Price : £.410.· US$.660 
  Item : MAA-1  
  Name : Marpa
  Size : 20x15'' [50x37.5cm]
  Date : 2012
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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.

Taphiritsa 'SOLD'

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  Price : £.390.· US$628 
  Item : TA-1  
  Name : Taphiritsa
  Size : 15x12in [35x25.5cm]
  Date : 2012
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Tahiritsa was born between the 7th or 8th Century, in a Kingdom called Shang Shung, now Western Tibet. He is shown in a rainbow bubble as he appeared, by 'conscious mind transference' before his guru Dawa Gyaltsen [COMMENTARY]

Jinasagara

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  Item : JS-7  
  Name : Jinasagara [Lokeshvara]
  Size : By Request
  Date : Date of Commission
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Lokeshvara Jinasagara [Skt.] means 'Ocean of Conquerors' (Tib: chen re zi gyal wa gya tso): is a special meditational deity of the Karma Kagyu School, known as the 5 Deity Jinasagara, originating from the Nyingma School.

Garuda

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  Item : GG-1  
  Name : Garuda
  Size : 20x15'' 50x37.5cm
  Date : 2012
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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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Samantabhadra

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  Price : £.390.· US$628310
  Item : SB-70  
  Name : Samantabhadra - Adi Buddha
  Size : 12 1/2x10'' [31.5x26cm]
  Date : 2008
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Samantabhadra shown in yab-yum is the Adi-Buddha of Mahayana & Vajrayana Nyingma lineage. The idea expresses none-duality; that realising pure consciousness lies in understanding the illusion of opposites, such light & darkness.

Dipankara Buddha

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  Price : £.410.· US$660 
  Item : DP-1  
  Name : Dipankara [Standing]
  Size : 20x15''  [50x37.5cm]
  Date : 2012
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Dipankara Buddha [Lit. lamp bearer] (Tib.mar me mdzad), is the 1st Buddha (Gautama Buddha is 21st) In Jambudvipa he materialised a great flaming city to from his lamp which became stationary in space.

Amoghapasa

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  Price : £.390.· US$628 
  Item : AMG-2  
  Name : Amoghapasa [Lokeshvara]
  Size : 20x15''  [50x37.5cm]
  Date : 2012
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Amoghapasha means 'unfailing noose'; Eons ago Avalokiteshvara received the transmission of Amoghpasa Hrdya Nama Dharani from Lokeshvararaja Tathagata; realising a 'transformed body' to ferry 'sentients'.

Amogapasa

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  Price : £.260.· US$.418 
  Item : AP-49  
  Name : Amogapasa Lokeshvar
  Size : 13'' x 9'' (33cm x 23cm)
  Date : 2011
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The term Amoghapasha [Lit. 'unfailing noose'] alluding to his unfailing compassion. In this form Lokeshvara leads all sentient beings from suffering to bliss. A form revealed in the Amoghpasa Hrdya nama Dharani Sutra

White Tara

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  Price : £.260.· US$.419 
  Item : WT-81  
  Name : White Tara
  Size : 12¾ x 9 3/4'' [32.5 x 24.5cm]
  Date : 2012
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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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  Price : £.260.· US$.418 
  Item : CZ-31  
  Name : Chengrezig
  Size : 13'' x 9¼'' [33cm x 25cm]
  Date : 2012
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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.

Chakrasamvara [16]

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  Price : £.220.· US$.354 
  Item : CS-6  
  Name : Chakrasamvara
  Size : 13'' x 9¼''  [32.5cm x 24cm]
  Date : 2011
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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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  Price : £.260.· US$.418 
  Item : CS-4  
  Name : Chakrasamvara
  Size : 13'' x 9¼'' 
[32.5cm x 24cm]
  Date : 2011
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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.

Manjushree

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PRICE:£200 [$354]
SIZE: 12x10¾''
metric: 33x25cm

Dorje Drollo 

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PRICE: 360 [$579]
SIZE: 15x12''
metric: 40x30cm

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Nairatma 

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  Item : NI-1  
  Name : Nairatma
  Size : By Request
  Date : Date of Commission
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  Nairatmya [Tib: bdag med ma] is the consort of Heyvajra Her blue body denoting infinite space, i.e. limitless expanse of her awareness. She flows through the universe having transcended ego-centered existence.

Manjushree 

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  Price : £.410.· US$.660 
  Item : MJ-72  
  Name : Arapachana Manjushree
  Size : 16 x 11'' [40x28cm]
  Date : 2011
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 The name Manjushree means 'gentle glory'; 1st mentioned in the Sukhvati Vayu Sutra His Tibetan name Jampel-yang (Jamyang) means 'gentle friend'.

Saraswati 

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  Price : £.670.· US$.1025 
  Item : SW-3  
  Name : Saraswati
  Size : 16 x 11'' [40x28cm]
  Date : 2011
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 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.

Lokeshvara - Halhal 

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  Price : £.670.· US$.1025 
  Item : HHL-5  
  Name : Lokeshvara [Halhal]
  Size : 16 x 11'' [40x28cm]
  Date : 2011
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  The Bodhisattva of Compassion 'Lokeshvara' intercedes in our lives by manifesting in many avatars to end human suffering through compassionate action.

White Tara 

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  Price : £.1200.· US$.1932 
  Item : WT-11  
  Name : White Tara
  Size : 16 x 11'' [40x28cm]
  Date : 2011
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  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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  Item : SY-7  
  Name : Khandroma Sukahsiddi (Meditational form)
  Size : 16 x 11'' [40x28cm]
  Date : 2011
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 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]

  Original Painting 
  Price : £.390.· US$.627 
  Item : AK-17  
  Name : Akasha Yogini
  Size : 14¼ x 9½'' (39cm x 28cm)
  Date : 2010
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Vidyadhari Yogini better known as Akasha Yogini is shown traversing Khechari the Pure Land of the Dakinis the realm of liberated dakini bliss(Tib. khandroma - sky traveler) .

Amitayus

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  Price : £.780.· US$.1255
  Item : AT-100  
  Name : Amitayus
  Size : 28x19 1/2'' [72x49cm]
  Date : 2008
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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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PRICE: 300 [$486]
SIZE: 16x12''
metric: 40x30cm

 SPECIAL FEATURE  Vajravarahi
Black Vajravarahi
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Sadaksari lokeshvara

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  Original Painting 
  Price : £.260.· US$.418 
  Item : CZ-31  
  Name : Chengrezig
  Size : 13'' x 9 1/4 in 33cm x 25cm)
  Date : 2012
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Chaturbuja Lokeshvara [Aka. '6-Syllabled' - Sadaksari Lokeshvara]is know as Chengrezig in Tibetan Buddhism & popularised as such in the West. All forms of Avalokeshvara are manifestations ['avatars'] of the great bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara.

Vajradhara

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PRICE:£220 [$354]
SIZE: 13x9¾''
metric: 33x23cm

Vajrayogni

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PRICE: 200 [US$322]
SIZE: 14½x11''
metric: 37x28cm

10th Kagyu Karmapa

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  Original Painting 
  Price : £.320.· US$.515
  Item : KK-41  
  Name : Choying Dorje
  Size : 20 x15'' [50x37.5cm]  Date: 2016
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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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PRICE:£380 [$611]
SIZE: 20x14½''
metric: 36x37cm

Akasha Yogini

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PRICE:150 [$273]
SIZE: 14½x11''
metric: 37x28cm

    Vajrakilaya

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  Original Painting 
  Price : £.270.· US$434
  Item : VK-50  
  Name : Vajrakilaya {Vajrakila}
  Size : 13 1/4x9 1/2'' - (33.5x23.5cm)
  Date : 2010
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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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  Price : £.480.· US$.722
  Item : VP-71  
  Name : Krodha Vajrapani
  Size : 15x10 1/4''  [38x27.5cm]
  Date : 2012
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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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PRICE:£300 [$483]
SIZE: 18x13''
metric: 43x33cm

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Akasha Yogini

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PRICE:220 [$353]
SIZE: 14½x11''
metric: 37x28cm

Vajrasattva

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  Original Painting 
  Price : £.290.· US$467
  Item : VS-16  
  Name : Vajrasattva
  Size : 13x9 3/4''  [32.5x24cm]
  Date : 2010
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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.

Jambhala

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  Original Painting 
  Price : £.180.· US$.289
  Item : JA-77  
  Name : Jambala [Yellow Kubera]
  Size : 12 3/4x9 3/4''  [32.5x24.5cm]
  Date : 2008
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Jambhala is a form of Vaishravana the guardian [Skt. Dharmapala] of the North. Brahma entrusted him with the treasures of the earth after long austerity. The mongoose spitting jewels illustrates inexhausable abundance.


Black Jambhala

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PRICE:£180 [$289]
SIZE: 14½x11''
metric: 35x28cm

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