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A Cast Brass Alloy Tsong Khapa - 19th/20th Century

Cast Brass Alloy Tsong Khapa

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Cast Brass Alloy Tsong Khapa
Cast Brass Alloy Tsong Khapa

Cast Brass Alloy Tsong Khapa
Cast Brass Alloy Tsong Khapa

Cast Brass Alloy Tsong Khapa
Cast Brass Alloy Tsong Khapa

Cast Brass Alloy Tsong Khapa
Cast Brass Alloy Tsong Khapa

Cast Brass Alloy Tsong Khapa


Cast Brass Alloy Tsong Khapa


Cast Brass Alloy Tsong Khapa


Cast Brass Alloy Tsong Khapa

Cast Brass Alloy Tsong Khapa

The moulded and cast figure seated in dhyanasana on a single lotus base.

His hands held in dharmachakra mudra and holding lotus stalks flowering at his shoulders.

Each lotus flower supporting his attributes, the book at his left shoulder and the sword at his right.

Wearing his customary conical yellow hat and voluminous robes incised with floral scroll borders and decorated with circular motifs to the back.

A good, tactile casting. Nice to handle.


Lotus at left shoulder slightly bent back

6 1/8" ( 15.5 cm ) high



Tsong Khapa (1357-1419) is the lama generally considered to have founded the Gelugpa sect (Yellow Hats) and was believed to be an incarnation of Manjushri.

He was born in Amdo, northeast Tibet, of parents who were themselves devout Buddhists.

From an early age Tsong Khapa exhibited a keen religious intelligence and when aged seven was taken under the charge of Choje Dondrup Rinchen (1309-1385), an eminent leading Buddhist practitioner.

Tsong Khapa excelled in his learning's and went on under several other teachers to mastering the main subjects of - abhidharma, madhyamika, Prajnaparamita, pramana, and vinaya.

He'd also been empowered with Tantric practices and is believed to have attained enlightenment in 1398.

It was at this time he realised he'd been incarnated, at his birth, as the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, Manjushri.

He is famed with performing certain great deeds during his lifetime but Tsong Khapa is best known as the founder of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hats) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

For the basis of this tradition he taught the unification of sutra and tantra, alongside a strong emphasis on a regulatory framework for the Buddhist monastic community (vinaya).

He died aged sixty-two and is now considered a Buddha.

The Gelugpa Order became the most powerful sect in Tibet and surrounding countries and Tsong Khapa's disciples established many monasteries throughout Tibet, Mongolia and China.



Item no; TN-TSONG-06
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