Milarepa 7” x 9”
- original, hand-painted
- painted area 7" x 9", entire thangka 18" x 23"
- traditional brocade border
Milarepa (1040-1123) is one of the most famous individuals in Tibetan Buddhism and is most closely identified with the Kagyu Lineage. His main teacher was Marpa Chokyi Lodro who brought back from India and Nepal numerous vajrayana teachings and transmissions. Milarepa is here depicted with a green complexion as this is said to be a consequence of surviving on only stinging nettles as his source of nourishment. From Marpa, Milarepa received both the Mahamudra tradition (known as "path of liberation") as well as the 6 Dharmas of Naropa (identified as "path of means"). These he in turn passed on to his disciples - chief among them were Rechungpa and Gampopa. Gampopa was the origins of the Dakpo Kagyu tradition in Tibet.