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Thanka No. 02

rya Majur

rya Majur

Collection: Central Institute of Buddhist

Studies, Chaoglamsar, Leh (Ladakh)

School of art: Sman-bris

20th century


He is the embodiment of the wisdom of all the Buddhas. According to one tradition, he attained perfect enlightenment countless aeons attained back. He purposefully descended to the world as a Bodhisattva for the welfare of all sentient beings. He was one of the eight chief disciples of Lord kyamuni  who used to raise questions concerning the emptiness for the benefit of other listeners. The Buddhists believe that he is the sole deity of wisdom who blesses the devotees to sharpen their memory and intellect. As a result, a devotee can penetrate the vast and profound meanings of the Buddha's teachings. Hence the trainees pray and recite bja mantras of Majur. Without the blessings of Majur, no body can develop the realization of the emptiness.

            This Thankas is the peaceful form of Majur. His right hand holds the sword of wisdom of emptiness for destroying ignorance, the root cause of the sufferings. His left hand holds a lotus flower on which the book of transcendental wisdom is placed. He is adorned with rich and precious ornaments and diadem. At the four corners, four different manifestations of Majur are depicted.


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