Padmasambhava

Trisong Detsen, the second king of Tibet requested Padmasambhava to come to Tibet to subdue demonic forces and teach Buddhism in the 8th century. King Trisong Detsen also ordered the translation of all Buddhist Dharma Texts into Tibetan. Padmasambhava, Shantaraksita, 108 translators, and 25 of Padmasambhava’s nearest disciples worked for many years on this gigantic translation project for years.

Padmasambhava is the founder of the Nyingma tradition, the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism who maintains the earliest tantric teachings to this day. Nyingma incorporates mysticism and local deities shared by the pre-Buddhist Bon religion, which has shamanic elements- making Buddhism in Tibet uniquely Tibetan and unlike other forms throughout the world. “Nyingma” literally means “ancient,” and is often referred to as “Nga’gyur” or the “early translation school” because it is founded on the first translations of Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit into Tibetan.

Keep in mind that NONE of these items are being sold by Tibetans or are being shipped out of Tibet, they’ve all been previously moved to larger first tier cities in China or Hong Kong, even though this is the founder of Buddhism in Tibet, something that China has nothing to do with and these all have the religious seal of a dorje on the bottom indicating they were produced in Tibet, not some reproductions made in Beijing but made by the Dalai Lama’s personal shrine makers themselves.

Search for “Padmasambhava” on Ebay (a deceptively low number- but still too many considering how remote Tibet is and how few in population- because many Chinese sellers don’t even know the names of the Tibetan religious figures they sell)

  • 939 on 01/13/2016 including 18 auctioned in 10 days
  • 923 on 01/22/2016 including 16 auctioned in 10 days
  • 954 on 02/28/2016 including 17 auctioned in 10 days
  • 983 on 03/16/2016 including 20 auctioned in 10 days
  • 1,007 on 04/16/2016 including 15 auctioned in 10 days
  • 989 on 05/01/2016 including 12 auctioned in 10 days
  • 1,013 on 05/10/2016 including 28 auctioned in 10 days
  • 1,020 on 05/19/2016 including 79 auctioned in 10 days
  • 1,108 on 06/20/2016 including 33 auctioned in 10 days
  • 1,152 on 07/08/2016 including 34 auctioned in 10 days
  • 1,168 on 07/25/2016 including 36 auctioned in 10 days
  • 1,239 on 08/22/2016 including 27 auctioned in 10 days
  • 1,299 on 09/17/2016 including 38 auctioned in 10 days
  • 1,312 on 10/06/2016 including 45 auctioned in 10 days
  • 1,333 on 10/19/2016 including 42 auctioned in 10 days
  • 1,377 on 11/19/2016 including 56 auctioned in 10 days
  • 1,382 on 02/22/2017 including 45 auctioned in 10 days
  • 1,369 on 05/05/2017 including 34 auctioned in 10 days
  • 1,622 on 09/28/2017 including 20 auctioned in 10 days
  • See this auction: sold in 2016 by oldrahu

A tsa tsa mold for making clay offerings to deities, students of Buddhism might try to make 100,000 within one’s lifetime, and are typically found in great numbers in stupas. According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, “Making tsa-tsas pacifies obstacles, bad conditions, accidents, and sudden diseases like heart attacks and paralysis. By making tsa-tsas you pacify enemies, interferers and harms. You accumulate all merit, purify all obscurations and achieve the resultant three kayas in a future life.”


Statues:

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Here it is difficult to tell who is who, though undoubtedly both just came from a tomb or a stupa from the amount of dirt still attached. Both men have mustaches and a rather stern look to their face (because of the angle of the eyebrows) as well as long hair, and are holding a vajra in their right hand. Though they may be two different depictions of Padmasambhava, one may also depict Trisong Detsen- the second king of Tibet practicing being a Buddhist who also has very angular eyebrows and a mustache. But which is which?

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Padmasambhava above is 24k gold, while the one below is not only gold, but encrusted with precious and semi-previous stones.

  • See this auction :sold 03/18/2016 for $430.00 though this was not a legitimate auction and the seller just stole people’s money without delivering goods by chinacollection889
  • Buy It Now page, same photos, different seller (was $50,600, price raised to $55,000 05/2016 then lowered to $49,500 08/2016) by olympic-cn

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On this statue of Padmasambhava the colorful mosaic inlay is done with pieces of coral and turquoise.


Thangkas:

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  • See this auction: no sale 06/23/2016 at $19.99 minimum by ronzho6
  • Another auction, same photo, same seller: no sale 07/14/2016 at $19.99 minimum by ronzho6
  • Buy It Now page ($19.99- 2 available 6/2016; ended 08/11/2016 sold out) , same photo, same seller by ronzho6: no longer a registered Ebay user when checked back 05/05/2017

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  • See this auction: sold 07/15/2016 for $255.00 by asianartauctionhouse (suspect that this shop was previously called the artoftibet and several others which had similar Tibetan paintings and shipped from the same location in Australia, they switch names and Ebay aliases apparently several times a year, particularly if you question them about their goods like I did)
  • Another auction, same photo, same seller: sold 07/27/2016 for $280.00 by asianartauctionhouse: no longer a registered user by 09/2016
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