Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche was known for bringing Tantric Buddhism into Tibet from India. Demonical forces hindered the introduction of the Buddhist dharma into Tibet and Padmasambhava was invited to subdue those forces. The demons were not annihilated but subdued, and were obliged to submit to the dharma. This was in accordance with the tantric principle of not eliminating negative forces but redirecting them to fuel the journey toward spiritual awakening.
12″ x 12″ x 1″ Encaustic cradle board. Rich layers of encaustic medium and pigment are layered to allow for carving back revealing hidden layers of colored pigment. Image transfers of Tibetan letters and line drawing of Guru Rinpoche plus metallic foil and solvent ink add to the depth of this piece.