Avalokitesvara Gyalwa Gyatso 15” x 20”
- original, hand-painted
- painted area 15" x 20", entire thangka 30" x 46"
- traditional brocade border
In vajrayana, Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion has many different forms. Among them is a form known as Jinasagara or "Ocean of Conquerors" (Tib. Gyalwa Gyatso). There are several different lineages of Gyalwa Gyatso. In the Karma Kagyu, the lineage comes from Rechungpa who received it from two sources. First he was asked by Milarepa to go to India and receive these teachings on the "nine dharmas of the formless dakinis" from Tiphupa. A couple of centuries earlier, Padmasambhava also gave instructions on Jinasagara to King Trisong Detsen and Yeshe Tsogyal. Those instructions were concealed as a terma that was later transmitted to Rechungpa as well. Thus Rechungpa’s lineage of Jinasagara combined both the lineage he received in India as well as the terma of Padmasambhava. This lineage was transmitted to the second Karmapa, Karma Pakshi and the practice of Jinasagara has remained an important practice of the Karmapas. In the Nyingma tradition, the Jinasagara lineage of Mindrol-ling Monastery in Central Tibet is an important tradition of this practice. This form of Avalokitesvara is also important to some Gelukpa monasteries.