In the Kathmandu Valley during the early 1980's, Siddhi Raj, famed as the greatest statue maker of his time, worked closely with many high lamas to produce exquisite Buddhist iconography. He was especially renowned for making statue molds using wax and clay (through the "lost wax process"). A close student of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche brought Siddhi Raj a photo of the GuruRinpochestatue made for the main shrine of our Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Boudhanath.
Years later, Ravi Shakya, another well know statue maker in Kathmandu, began making replicas of this statue. In strict accordance with the Chokling Tersar tradition, the Shakya family continues to produce these same "Chokling Gurus" from the same mold. This particular statue is made of copper and is coated in a layer of gold dust and plating. It comes filled and consecrated by the monks at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery.
Statues, thangkas, texts, and stupas are understood to be the physical representations of the Buddha's body, speech, and mind. They help us gather the beneficial conditions to gain stability and insight in our meditation practice. Kunkhyen Tenpe Nyima states:
Start out by placing a painting or statue before you, using one made by a skilled artisan and with all the appropriate characteristics. Next, arrange offerings before it and begin with the preliminaries.
The Shakya family, one of the great artisan lineages of Kathmandu Valley, have expertly crafts our statues. Under the direct guidance of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, the Shakyas shaped several molds in accordance with the Chokling Tersar tradition. These same molds are still used to this day, ensuring that every detail of our statues is in accordance with tradition. Our statues are filled with the necessary mantras and substances.