Taught as the physical representations of the Buddha's body, speech, and mind, statues, thangkas, texts, and stupas are the basic elements recommended to gather the beneficial conditions needed to enhance the stability and insight of one's meditation practice.
Kunkhyen Tenpe Nyima states in his instructions on meditation practice:
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 are in accordance with tradition. Our statues are filled with the necessary mantras and substances.
In strict accordance with the Chokling Tersar tradition, these Guru Rinpoche statues are made by craftsmen who previously worked under the guidance of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. In the Kathmandu Valley during the early 1980's, Siddhi Raj, famed as the greatest statue maker at the time, worked closely with many Lama's and Rinpoche's living in the valley. He was especially known for making statue molds using wax and clay, known as 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 Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. Many years later in 1981, Ravi Shakya, another well know statue maker in Kathmandu, began making replicas of this statue. 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.