Kurukulla Thangka

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  • Kurukulla is a padma family deity and associated with magnetizing activity. She is mentioned as one of the Twenty-One Taras. Kurukulla personifies all-embracing compassion and is depicted red in color. In the dancing posture, her four arms hold a lotus bow and arrow, hook, and shackles.
  • This particular form of Kurukulla is based upon the visions of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, the last of the Five Sovereign Tertöns, a contemporary of Chokgyur Lingpa, the combined reincarnation of Vimalamitra and King Trisong Deutsen, and one of the most eminent masters of the nineteenth century. Alongside his visions of Kurukulla, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo also revealed the text,Short Tsok Offering to the Powerful Lady Kurukullā, which is a simple feast-offering text for use in conjunction with sādhanās related to Kurukullā.

    In Vajrayāna, enlightened activity for the benefit of sentient beings is said to have four types: pacifying, enriching, magnetizing, and destroying. Of these four, magnetizing is utilized toenthrall beings, to increase wisdom, and to bring about the positive circumstances for practice. In particular, when sentient beings cannot begin to engage in the path due to the strength of their negative emotions, the magnetizing activity of the lotus family brings negative circumstances such as delusion under control.With the altruistic motivation based on loving kindness, compassion and bodhicitta, magnetizing activity brings about the swift liberation of self and other.

  • 17.7 in by 23.6 in, 4.2 oz (without brocade) 23.8 oz (with brocade)