The side and end of this manuscript cover have the "skyab dro" this is a blessing/prayer and is also called the Buddhism Refuge formula; please see main listing for details. The far left figure is Milarepa, the the great teacher of the dharma, teachings that give way to mahamudra. By following these practices assiduously it is possible to come face to face with "suchness," the actual way things exist. Next to Milarepa is Kunga Gyaltsen, better known as the Sakya Pandita. Kunga Gyaltsen was the embodiment of enlightened wisdom, he was instrumental in introducing the tradition of logical analyisis into Tibet and some of his works were so acclaimed that the were disseminated in India in a Sanskrit translation. He spent the last years of his life at the Mongul court of Godan Khan and through this the centuries long practice of Choyon was initiated in 1244 AD. The central figure is Shakyamuni Buddha wioth three Bohisattvas and three desciples or adepts. The 1st figure on the right is Je Tsong Khapa and the far right figure is unidentified.
The back side of the manuscript cover is decorated in 24kt gold with a trefoil giving way to durva grass that is an overlay for 4 petaled flowers and kusha grass. This long life of the durva grass is pointing to the purity of the kusha grass that it used for meditational mats, gives way to the 4 noble truths. This then leads to the central figure of the back, the Dharma Wheel. This is flanked on one side by the eternal or infinite knot and on the other by the conch shell horn. Cintamani, or the thinking jewel is set blazing at each end.
This manuscript cover comes with a complete documentation package (map with history~iconography~essays and pictures about the monastery and people of the golden valley), and a Certificate of Authenticity brush signed by a monk at the Sange Monastery
Dimensions: W=35.38" H=8.38" Thickness= 1.38"
Circa: 1800 To see larger pictures and read more detailed information see main listing
Item #C055-02 price $1395.00, plus shipping: ~EAST COAST $74.00 ~MIDWEST $65.00 ~MTN STATES $59.00 ~WEST COAST $52.00; other destinations, contact us for a quote.
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 07 July, 2010.