Mahasiddha Dampa Sangye (?)
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ABS 039

 Code: ABS 039

  Country: Tibet (central)


  Date: 1300 - 1400

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 6 x 6.8 x 5.6

  Materials: Brass

Mahasiddha Dampa Sangye?

Seated with crossed legs on the skin of an antelope placed upon a circular lotus pedestal, this yogin master upholds both hand turned outward before his chest. Naked, he is only dressed with a cloth covering his legs and is adorned with the bone ornaments of the charnel grounds. His head cover with curly locks of hair, his face displays the features of an Indian master. Although the statue has no inscription, his unusual gesture resembles that of some representations of the Indian master Dampa Sangye (†1117). This mahasiddha came to Tibet and was, among other, the teacher of the yogini Machik Labdrön (see ABS 252). 

Mahasiddhas or “Great accomplished one” are yogic masters of India and Tibet endowed with psychic abilities and spiritual powers, and leading an unconventional lifestyle. The tradition attributes the tantras to the Mahasiddhas. The tantras are the founding literature of Vajrayana, the esoteric form of Buddhism.