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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Lama Tsongkapa

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  Name : Lama Tsongkapa [Je Rinpoche]
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  Date : 2008
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Je Tsongkhapa (13571419) founded the Gelug 'Yellow Hat' Tibetan lineage, by combining many Buddhist teachings including the doctrine of emptiness. Was inspired by the Kadampa tradition which was the legacy of the Mahasiddha Atisha.

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Wheel of Life

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The Sanskrit word Bhavachakra means the Wheel of Becoming; also known as the Jivanchakra, the Wheel of Soul (Self). It illustrates possible eventualities of the self [Skt. Atman].

Wheel Of Life

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The Sanskrit word Bhavachakra means the Wheel of Becoming; also known as the Jivanchakra, the Wheel of Soul (Self). It illustrates possible eventualities of the self [Skt. Atman].

Heyvajra

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Vajravarahi

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  Name : Vajravarahi [Dorje Pema]
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Outline:The term Vajravarahi is a Sanskrit compound word which means Vajra Sow. [Tib. Dorje Pakmo]. A sow is a female pig [boar]. Painted arising from her up-sprung hair this allegorically represents her subjugation of ignorance.

Sitatapatra

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  Name : Ushnisha Sitatapatra
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'Ushnisha Sitatapatra Dharani' means 'White Parasol Dharani'. M. Shaw says Sitatapatra's mantra is known as the 'queen of all knowledge' [Mahavidyarajni]. In the Sitatapatra Sutra she materialized from Buddha's Usnisha in Trayastrimsa Heaven.

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.

Yeshe Walmo

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  Size : 27 1/2'' x 21''  [70cm x 53cm]
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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.

Buddha Parinirvana

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  Size : 22 1/2'' x 19'' (54cm x 48.5cm)
  Date : 2010
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The parinirvana of Shakyamuni Gautama Buddha is described in the Mahaparinirvana Sutra. It is the final nirvana, occuring at physical death of someone who has attained complete awakening [Skt. bodhi], implying release from cyclical rebirth.

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Padmasambhava

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The form of Kurukulla originated in Kamadeva the Indian deity of love [Skt. Kama]. She is a tantric yogini who embodies the principle of overcoming desire here associated with grasping attachment & thirst [Skt. Tanha]. The name Kurukulla means 'of the Kuru Clan'.

Red Tara


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4 Heavenly Friends

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Maitreya

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Maitreya, is the next Buddha in waiting. The name 'Maitreya' is derived from the word 'Maitri' meaning friend, & metta, loving kindness repectively. The Tower of Maitreya a metaphor for the infinite He features in Flower Garland Sutra.

White Mahakala

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Yamantaka [SOLD]

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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.

Ushnishavijaya

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Ushnisha Vijaya literally means the victorious crown protrusion. She is an emanation of Vairochana Buddha, and along with the White Tara and Amitabha, one of the three deities of longevity in the Buddhist pantheon .

Padmapani Lokishvar

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Padmapani Lokeshvara (Lit. lord of the all realms [Lokas]) ; is the root form of Avalokitesvara & divine compassionate bodhisattva interceding in our human suffering [Skt. Dukkha]

4 Vahanas [SOLD]

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A Each of the 5 Transcendent Buddhas has his own animal vahana [Lit. mount, vehicle], the dragon for Vairochana, the peacock for Amitabha...

Black Hayagriva

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  Date : 2008
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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.


Padmapani Lokeshvara

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