Kuyelwa Rinchen Gönpo (1143-1217) – Second abbot Taklung
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ABP 028

 Code: ABP 028

  Country: Tibet (central)


  Date: 1200 - 1250

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 20.7 x 27.5

  Materials: Glue distemper on cotton

Kuyelwa Rinchen Gönpo (1143-1217), Second Abbot of the Taklung Monastery 

This young monastic master seats in upon a richly decorated throne, his hands joined before his chest in the gesture of teaching. Surrounding him are lineage masters, meditational and protective deities. The painting has numerous inscriptions on the front and back of the painting indicating the master himself blessed the painting.

The identification of the central character could be made on the basis of these inscriptions that repeatedly include the mantra "Om ah na mo guru ratna na tha hum"; Ratna natha is the Sanskrit translation for Rinchen Gönpo (Tib. Rin chen mgon po), the name of the abbot.

Taklung monastery was the principal seat of the Taklung branch of the Kagyü Tradition. An eastern branch of the Taklung Kagyü was founded at Riwoche in the 13th century, about 100 km east of Chamdo in the Kham Province in Eastern Tibet.