Dromtön Gyelwe Jungne (1004-1064)
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Orientation 3
Display 6

ABS 052

 Code: ABS 052

  Country: Mongolia


  Date: 1700 - 1800

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 9.9 x 14 x 7.8

  Materials: Painted wood

Dromtönpa Gyelwe Jungne

Dromtön Gyelwe Jungne was born in 1004 or 1005 near Lhasa, at the beginning of the second propagation of Buddhism in Tibet. As a youth, he started studying Buddhism with various masters. In 1042, Dromtön became the principal Tibetan disciple of Indian master Atisha. Although he took lay vows, he was never fully ordained. Nevertheless, he became not only the founder of the Kadam school of Tibetan Buddhism, but also of Reting monastery in 1056 north of Lhasa, where he died in 1064.
The statue is carved in wood and covered with painted decoration. Dromtönpa appears as a young elegant man, with long hair and wearing rich, thick garments. He sits legs crossed upon four stacked cushions covered with an animal skin and decorations. His right hand is uplifted in the gesture of argumentation, and with his left, he holds a manuscript.