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 Lotussuggestions 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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Samantabhadra

Adi Buddha
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  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 pure consciousness lies in understanding the illusion of opposites, e.g. light & dark, male & female etc.

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TIBETAN & HINDU SHOWROOM: No 3

Begse [Prana Atma]

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  Name : Begse [Prana Atma]
  Size : 20x15'' in. [50x37.5cm]
  Date : 2012
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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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  Name : Marpa
  Size : 20x15'' in. [50x37.5cm]
  Date : 2012
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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.

Rakta Ganisha

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  Name : Racta Ganisha
  Size : 16x12'' [40x30cm]
  Date : 2008
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Rakta Ganapati, (Lit. Red Lord of Hosts). A Tantric Buddhist form of Ganesha related to the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Tantras. This form is regarded as an emanation of Avalokiteshvara.

Ushnisha Vijaya

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  Name : Ushnishavijaya
  Size : 12¾ x10''in. ; [32.5x25cm]
  Date : 2008
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Ushnishavijaya [Tib.Namglyma] has three faces & eight arms. She is one of 3 revered longevity deities . The word Ushas is Sanskrit for the dawn

Shiva & Kali

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  Name : Shiva & Kali
  Size : 20¾x13&''¾ in. [52x35cm]
  Date : 2010
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 Kali is the anihilator of malevolent force. Shiva purposefully laid in path of Kali, whose foot rests on Shiva to subdue her wrath. Kala primarily means time but also black.

Shiva & Kali

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  Name : Shiva & Kali [Uredha]
  Size : 20¼ x 15'' in.[52.5x39 cm]
  Date : 2010
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In Tantra Kali copulates with white form of Shiva, lying in self-contained bliss. She encloses the fire (Shiva)of the innner world with the waters (Kali) of the outer. She encloses the fire (Shiva)of the innner world with the waters (Kali) of the outer.

Banglamukhi

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Brahmani

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MAHAKALA SHOWROOM: No 4

6 Armed Mahakala

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  Name : Mahakala [6 Armed]
  Size : 13 1/2 x 9¼'' [34cm x 25cm]
  Date : 2011
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Outline:The main protector [Skt. Pala] [Tib. chos-kyong] of the Gelug & Shangpa Kagu Lineages. Bears a Skull-bowl He is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara.

4-Armed Mahakala

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  Name : 4-Armed Mahakala
  Size : 16 x 12 in  40cm x 30cm
  Date : 2009
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4 Armed [Skt. Chaturbuja] Mahakala figures with the Nyingma, Sakya & Kagyu lineages. The 4 arms allude to 4 positive karmas i.e. actions. He is a Dharmapala.

4-Armed Mahakala

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  Name : 4-Armed Mahakala
  Size : 13 1/4'' x 9'' (33.5cm x 23.5cm)
  Date : 2012
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4 Armed [Skt. Chaturbuja] Mahakala figures with the Nyingma, Sakya & Kagyu lineages. The 4 arms allude to 4 positive karmas i.e. actions. He is a Dharmapala.

Panjarnata Mahakala

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  Name : Panjarnata Mahakala
  Size : 16 1/2 x 11 1/2in [42cm x 29cm]
  Date : 2009
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Panjarnata Mahakala, depicted as a robust dwarf was originally the protector of Nalanda Monastery; associated with magic & the dance of time.

Panjarnata Mahakala

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  Name : Panjarnata Mahakala
  Size : 18 x 13 in [45x33cm]
  Date : 2012
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Panjarnata Mahakala is the dwarfish [Skt. vamana] main Sakya Lineage & protector of the Heyvajra Tantras. He carries a magical sorcerer's gong [Skt. Ghandi].

Bernagchen

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  Name : Bernagchen [ Vajra Mahakala ]
  Size : 16 x 12in [40.5cm x 30.5cm]
  Date : 2008
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Squat two-armed Vajra Mahakala, (Tib: Bernagchen lit. black-cloaked) Mahakala is the main protector of the Kagu Karmapa. All colours disappear in black, as does form.

Mahakala Manning

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  Name : Mahakala Manning
  Size : 16 x 12in [24cm x 30.5cm]
  Date : 2009
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Mahakala Manning (lit. Eunuch of time {dark})[Tib. Pal yeshe gyi gonpo maning nagpo] is the body emanation of Mahakala & & leading Nyingma protector. Protector of pristine awareness.

 White Mahakala

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  Name : White Mahakala
  Size : 13x10 in [33cm x 25cm]
  Date : 2009
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White Mahakala is a wealth deity. His 6 arms signify the successful completion of the 6 perfections [Skt. Shad-paramita]. Maha- [Skt.] means great & -kala [Skt.] time.

Karmapa [3rd]

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  Name : Kagu Karmapa Rangjung Dorje
  Size : 9 3/4x12 3/4'' (24.5x32cm)
  Date : 2010
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Rangjung Dorje (1284 - 1339) sat up straight at the age of three & proclaimed that he was the Karmapa. At five, Orgyenpa recognized the child as the reincarnation of Karma Pakshi, giving him the Vajra Black Crown.

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Queen Maya

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 '4 Heavenly Kings' : [SET] 
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  Name : 4 Heavenly Kings
  Size : 20x15''  [50x37.5cm]
  Date : 2010
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In Buddhist faith, the 4 Guardian Kings are the protectors of the 4 cardinal directions & usually found at the entrance to monasteries & temples. They dwell in the Caturmaharajika heaven on Mount Sumeru, 1 of the 6 worlds of the devas of the Kamadhatu.

Palden Llamo

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Vasudhara

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metric: 39x30cm

Dynamic Folio 6
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  Name : Yama Dharmaraja
  Size : 12 1/4x9 1/2'' [31x23.5cm]
  Date : 2008
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Yama Dharmaraja represents abstension, retraint & total change. Often mistaken as simply death, the figure represents a postive ending of cyclical suffering [Skt. Samsara]. The skull club symbolises the destruction of delusion.

White Mahakala

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Chitipati  

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  Price : £.390.· US$.628
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  Name : Chitipati [Adi Shamasha]
  Size : 20x15'' [50x37.5cm]
  Date : 2012
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The dancing skeletons symbolise the impermanence [Skt. Anicca] of the material world deemed to be illusory. Also, the 'dakini spirit' which pursues the hearts of hatred, greed, bigotry, vanity etc . [COMMENTARY]


SHOWROOM: No 6

Amitabha

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  Price : £.180.· US$.289 
  Item : AM-70  
  Name : Amitabha
  Size : 12 1/4x9 1/2 in [31x23.5cm]
  Date : 2008
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Amitabha Buddha resides in Sukhavati (Amitabha Pureland). A place of infinite bliss love, purity, peace & boundless light. Buddha of the lotus family of 5 Transcendent Buddhas.

Gautama Buddha

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  Name : Gautama Buddha
  Size : 19 1/4x15 in 50 x 38.5cm
  Date : 2011
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Gautama Buddha called Shakyumuni by Theravadans, is revered by Vajrayana, Mahayana & Theravada traditions. To Theravadans he represents true enlightenment.

White Tara

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  Name : White Tara
  Size : 24x17 1/4'' [61x45cm]
  Date : 2006
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White Tara [Skt. Sita Tara] is both Buddhist deity & yogini. In the Transcendent [Tathagata] Buddha tradition Sita Tara is the prajna of Vairochana, the central figure.

Yeshe Walmo

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  Price : £.340.· US$.547 
  Item : YW-91  
  Name : YesheWalmo
  Size : 27 1/2 x 21 in 70 x 53cm
  Date : 2001
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Outline: Yeshe Walmo is the wisdom aspect of Sipe Gyalmo & protector deity of Bon texts, often hidden in caves or buried called terma during the Bon faith suppression.

Rahula

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  Price : £.310.· US$.499 
  Item : RU-14  
  Name : Rahula
  Size : 12 1/2 x 10 [31.5cm x2 6cm]
  Date : 2012
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Rahula (Tib. kyab jug) is the most wrathful of the oath-bound protectors for the Revealed Treasure Tradition. With 9 heads, the large head on his stomach is Rahula who devoured the 9 celestial planets.

Ekajati

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PRICE:£410 [$660]
SIZE: 13¾x10''
metric: 32x24cm

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