Although there was a historical Padmasambhava, very little is known of him, apart from his help in the construction of the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet at Samye.
Many legends have grown around Padmasambhava’s life and deeds, and he is commonly referred to as the ‘second Buddha’. In Tibet, Padmasambhava is known as Guru Rinpoche, meaning ‘precious master.’ Rinpoche is a totally enlightened, fully awoken incarnation. Through his form, primordial wisdom manifests in the world to benefit all sentient beings.
Guru Padmasambhava’s appearance was predicted in nineteen different sutras and tantras which contain clear descriptions of his arrival and activities. Some accounts hold that Guru Rinpoche is a direct reincarnation of Buddha Shakyamuni. Buddha Shakyamuni also said Padmasambhava would be an emanation of Buddha Amitabha and Avalokiteshvara, and referred to him as the ’embodiment of all the Buddhas of the Three Times’.
While trying to understand Guru Padmasambhava’s activities, an open mind must be obtained. Going beyond present conceptual limitations and realizing how our tendency to doubt and criticize, fills the mind with contradictions, is elementary in his teachings.
Most of our decisions are based on simple conceptual polarities. Guru Padmasambhava challenges the mind with the two extremes of affirmation or denial.
What in Buddhism is known as ‘obscurations’ or ‘dualistic conception’, does not lead to true knowledge or wisdom, because they are based on ignorance. It is ignorance that defines our experience of the world and puts limitations on our vision. We have to break through these barriers in order to understand the perfect activities of Guru Padmasambhava’s emanations and the infinite possibilities of the true nature.
Dzogchen is the highest teaching of the Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava. More precisely, Dzogchen is our real situation, the reality of all phenomena. Practice helps us break through the walls of our ego-clinging and merge with the infinite expanse of our mind, where anything is possible and everything arises perfectly without moving out of the sphere of equanimity.
This fine bronze cast and gold plated, Nepalese statue displays the devoted artisanship of its maker, a tradition for which these Nepalese statues are renowned.
It resembles a perfect balance in size, weight and delicacy. This bronze amulet was directly purchased from the artist workshop where all products are traditionally carved by Nepalese artists and skilled craftsmen. Nepalese artisanship is typically eye catching because of its details and distinct oriental design.
A significant detail about this statue is the separate Vajra, which is placed in its holder at the left shoulder.
The Vajra (meaning also diamond), is an attribute known as the Thunder Dagger, or wedge. This ritual object symbolizes the male aspect of duality through the powers of the lightning bolt and thunder. This finds is origin in Hinduism, where this weapon belongs to Indra, god of rain and thunder.
Magical sacred relics and blessings are enclosed within the base of the amulet to enhance its mystical powers which it has been imbued with.
Mantra for Guru Padmasambhava’s amulet, increasing personal wealth:
Om Shreem Maha Lakshmiyei Swaha
108 times per day, for a minimum of 40 days in a row
May Guru Padmasambhava shower you with wealth, good health, and happiness.