The thangka depicts the Primordial Rigden in a brilliant white and golden embodiment, seated on a white lotus resting on a gold and crystal throne surrounded by the Four Dignities. Appearing beneath spheres of light encircling the Dorje Dradul and Shiwa Okar, two Dragons move through the clouds towards the Primordial Rigden. The powerful Garuda spreads wings out wide, above a fully shining Great Eastern Sun and a banner proclaiming “Profound, Brilliant, Just, Powerful and All-Victorious”, while Tigers and Lions flank the throne of the Primordial Rigden.
The precise traditional proportions combined with contemporary effects give a refined yet powerful and glowing impression to the composition. Embodying the wisdom and compassion of inherent basic goodness, the Rigden’s face shows a serene wakeful presence expressing the brilliance and radiance of enlightened rulership, the magical heart of Shambhala.