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Padmasambhava And His Eight Manifestations :
At the centre of this gold on vermilion thangka is the
'Lotus-born' Guru, Padmakara or Padmasambhava (Tib. Padma-'byung-gnas),
who is flanked on the left by his Tibetan consort Yeshe Tsogyal, and on
the right by his Indian consort Mandarava. At the top centre is Amitabha
Buddha, and then circling clockwise are Padmasambhava's eight
manifestations: 1. Shakya Senge (The Lion of the Shakyas): 2.
Padmasambhava (The Lotus Born): 3. Padma Gyalpo (The Lotus King): 4.
Senge Dradrog (The Lion's Roar): 5. Dorje Drolo (The Pot-bellied Vajra):
6. Loden Chogsay (The Supremely Intelligent): 7. Nyima Odzer (Light
Rays of the Sun); 8. Urgyan Dorje Chang (The Vajra-Holder of Urgyan).
These eight manifestations are the forms that Padmasambhava assumed
during various episodes of his life.
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