Guru Padmasambhava

Guru Padmasambhava

What is the News?

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled a 19-foot-high statue of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • This 29 tonne stone statue is placed in the middle of ‘Padma Sarovar’, a large tank near Padmasambhava Mahavihara, the largest Buddhist monastery in eastern India.

About Guru Padmasambhava

  • Padmasambhava(“Lotus-Born”), also known as Guru Rinpoche(“precious master”), was an 8th-century Buddhist master from the Indian subcontinent.
  • Historians claim that Guru Padmasambhava, also known as second Buddha, was born and brought up in Odisha before he left for Tibet.
  • He is known as the Second Buddha because he played a seminal role in spreading Buddhism and Buddhist teachings across the Himalayan region including Northeast India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.
  • He undertook many travels across India, Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal.
  • Thangka paintings, sculptures and photographs portray the life and teachings of the Guru.

Buddha of the Vajrayana

  • The Buddha only gave Vajrayana teachings privately to select groups of disciples.
  • Because the essence and even the form of these higher teachings are beyond common conception, they are known as “secret teachings.”
  • After the Buddha entered mahaparinirvana, these secret teachings were preserved by many wisdom dakinis.
  • When Guru Rinpoche appeared as the reincarnation of Buddha Shakyamuni, he revealed the Vajrayana teachings in their entirety; this is why Guru Rinpoche is known as the Buddha of the Vajrayana.

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