Atisha? (982-1054) with two disciples
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ABP 029

 Code: ABP 029

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1250 - 1350

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 10.2 x 12.8

  Materials: Gouache on wood

Atisha (982-1054) with two disciples - one of them likely 'Brom ston ("dromtön") (1005?-1064)

The Kadam tradition is based on the teachings of the Indian Pandita Atisha (982–1054), also known as Dipamkara Shrijnana, from the North-Eastern Indian Vikramashila monastery. The followers are known as Kadampa. The popularization of worship of Tara in Tibet is associated with Atisha, where he is held in very high esteem. During his stay as a royal guest in Purang between 1042 and 1045, Atisha was a strong promoter of the study of the original Indian texts and advocated strict observance of the monastic rules. The influence of Atisha, who continued his travels into Central Tibet, was of great consequence for the development of Buddhism along orthodox rules in Tibet. This development led eventually to the foundation of the Gelug tradition.