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Chakrasamvara Yab-Yum

Original painting

20th Century

Sized pigments on cotton

Mounted in a Tibetan silk brocade frame

Painting with silk brocade:
 35 1/2" wide
X  49" high.



A powerful tantric painting of Chakrasamvara in yab-yum with his consort Vajravarahi. Here is just a little of what Professor John C. Huntington (from the book, The Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art,  pg. 264 , © 2003 The Columbus Museum of Art) has to say about a similar thangka in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art collection:

"In the tradition of the Highest Yoga Tantras to which the Chakrasamvara Tantra belongs, such paintings serve as visualization tools for the transformative meditative practices, in which the Tantric practitioner realizes his or her own identity as the fully enlightened Buddha. Each symbolic nuance of he intensely detailed iconography must be completely internalized by the practitioners to the point that it becomes second nature during the meditation. This methodology allows the attainment of mental awareness to realize the emptiness of all phenomena, metaphorically symbolized by the union of the central deities, Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi. Indeed, the painting succinctly encapsulates the Tantric Buddhist process of the female (yogini) system practice class of the Chakrasamvara Tantra. The complex iconography serves as one of the most comprehensive visual representations of the generation- and completion- stage practices of the Chakrasamvara/Vajravarahi."




Actual Painting:
18 1/4" wide
X  23 1/2" high.

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