Marpa (1012-1097)
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ABS 131

 Code: ABS 131

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1700 - 1800

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 7.2 x 9 x 4.4

  Materials: Lacquered wood

Marpa (1012-1097) 

Marpa the Translator (1012-1097) is the founder of the Kagyü tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. As a lay practitioner, he is represented wearing the voluminous garments of a lay tantric master.

Marpa Chökyi Lodrö was born in Lhodrak in a well-to-do family. He began studying at a young age, and yet he was wild and untamed compared to other children. Marpa first received training from Drokmi Shakya Yeshe and mastered the Sanskrit language. He decided to travel to India to study the dharma with renowned Indian Buddhist masters. He converted his entire inheritance into gold, in order to cover his travel expenses and pay for the requested teachings. At great personal peril he crossed the Himalayan chain to study with his principal teachers, Naropa and Maitripa. On his return home to Lhodrak, he started teaching and acquired many disciples, among which the most famous is the yogin Milarepa (1040-1123).

This statue is the first of a set of three along with ABS 132 and 133.