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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
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
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.
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