Amitabha With Retinue$70.00$70.00
The Pureland of Great Bliss, or Dewachen (Skt: Sukhavati) was established through the power of the great compassion of Buddha Amitabha.
Many aeons ago, when he was the monk, Dharmakara, he aspired to create a pureland that is easy to reach. Those who hear the name Amitabha, make aspiration prayers and who wish to help others are said to be able to take rebirth there. They will encounter the perfect circumstances to achieve enlightenment. It is said the entire realm is infused with the luminosity of the enlightened body of Buddha Amitabha—and even the birds sing songs of the Dharma.
Buddha Amitabha is depicted seated in the center of Dewachen–where the name of suffering does not even exist for those who reside there. The other two great Lords of Dewachen, Chenrezig and Vajrapani, are shown at the base of his throne.
Hayagriva with Consort$70.00$70.00
Hayagriva is a fiery red, wrathful emanation of Amitabha know in the Kagyu tradition as Lotus-like speech.
His wisdom intent is expressed in the ‘three neighs of the horse.’ Through the compassionately wrathful, piercing neigh of HRIH, he awakens the world to the non-origination of Samsara and Nirvana. Making prayers to Hayagriva is considered a swift and powerful means to overcome negative forces, obstacles and illness.
Hayagriva is one of the Eight Great Herukas and the Supreme Hayagriva Root Tantra was entrusted to Nagarjuna as the lineage holder. He was one of the main deities practiced by Padmasambhava. Hayagriva is usually shown with a horse’s head protruding from his crown. Here, Hayagriva is portrayed in union with Vajravarahi to signify the union of wisdom and compassion.
Kurukulla is a red female, semi-wrathful yidam of the Lotus family who is mentioned in both the Hevajra tantra and as one of the Twenty-One Taras mentioned in ancient Tara tantras.
She is associated with rites of magnetization and symbolizes controlling internal and external passions. Kurukulla destroys ignorance and transforms obstacles into wisdom through her arrows of flowers. Her practice is also considered helpful in subjugating enemies.
She is depicted in the dancing posture of a dakini with four arms holding a flowery bow and arrow in one pair of hands and a hook and noose of flowers in the other pair. Her body and crown are adorned with skull ornaments.
Lord Jigten Sumgon$70.00$70.00
Lord Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu school of Buddhism, was born in 1143 C.E. in Eastern Tibet. His appearance was predicted in many sutras, tantras and termas—and he is sometimes called the second Nagarjuna.
Jigten Sumgon studied with his root teacher, Phagmo Drupa. At the time of Phagmo Drupa’s parinirvana, a five-pronged vajra emanated from his heart-center and dissolved into the heart center of Jigten Sumgon, indicating he was his guru’s successor. Later, during his meditation in Euchung Cave, Lord Jigten Sumgon overcame a final obstacle to his enlightenment, leprosy, through the power of his compassion for the suffering of others. Shortly after, he had a vision of the Seven Taras whose prayer is widely recited today.
Lord Jigten Sumgon established Drikung Thel that attracted over 100,000 monks. His disciple, Gar Chodingpa presented him with a relic of the Buddha’s tooth, declaring he was returning it to its owner. After his parinirvana, he was cremated, but his heart was not touched by fire and turned golden in color, indicating he was an incarnation of the Buddha. It is said that those disciples who die with great devotion to him will be born in his Eastern Great All-Pervading Buddhafield.
Vajradhara with Consort$70.00$70.00
Vajradhara (Tib: Dorje Chang) is the primordial buddha. When Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment, the wisdom aspect of his realization was the truth body of the buddha, or Dharmakaya.
Vajradhara is blue in color like the primordial buddha Samantabhadra. The bell in his left hand symbolizes wisdom and the vajra in his right symbolizes the method of compassion. His arms are crossed signifying the union of wisdom and compassion.
Vajradhara is depicted in the center of the Drikung Kagyu refuge tree and is considered a significant figure throughout the Kagyu lineage. The dharmakaya depicted in the form of Vajradhara is the source of all the manifestations of enlightenment. Tilopa received the vajrayana teachings directly from Vajradhara. Therefore, the Kagyu lineage originated from the very nature of Buddhahood.
The Wealth Deity Dzambhala is practiced to help practitioners achieve the material wealth they need to support their practice. A strong motivation of bodhicitta is generated to ensure the spiritual path of wanting to help others is followed.
The practice of Dzambhala dates back to Lord Atisha. Overwhelmed, by compassion for a man dying of starvation, Atisha wanted to give his body to feed the man. Suddenly, he saw Chenrezig, who told Atisha he would manifest as Dzambhala to help eliminate poverty so that suffering beings could follow the spiritual path.
The Yellow Dzambhala sits on a lotus, sun, and moon disk and holds a mongoose in his left hand, from whose mouth streams precious jewels. Frequently, practitioners make daily water offerings to Dzambhala while reciting his mantra.