Longchenpa was one of the most brilliant teachers of the Nyingma school. He organized the entire body of Nyingma teachings in his ‘Seven Treasures,’ compiled teachings concerning the two main Dzogchen lineages in a work entitledFour Volumes of the Heart Essence, and authored over 200 other texts.His most important contemporary was the 3rd Karmapa, Rangjung Dorjé, with whom he shared a teacher and exchanged teachings.
This Longchenpa statue is made by craftsmen who previously worked under the guidance of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. The statue is made of copper and is offered in oxidized as well as gold plated variants.
According to David Germano, an American Tibetologist and Professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia:
It was Longchenpa (1308-1363) who systematically refined the terminology used by the tradition with a series of subtle yet clear distinctions; brilliantly revealed its relationships with mainstream exoteric Buddhist thought; clarified its internal structure; created from it masterpieces of poetic philosophy remarkable for their aesthetic beauty, philosophical rigor, and overall clarity; and overall pinpointed the inner quintessence of the tradition with writings that not only systematized every major topic, but also creatively explained each to render crystal clear the unprecedented revolution in the content, form, and structure of "philosophical" thought in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism that the Great Perfection teachings entail.
2.75 inches by 1.75 inches, 5.1 oz