Yeshe Tsogyal as Queen

 

This painting portrays the wisdom queen and realized yogini, Yeshe Tsogyal, embodying enlightened feminine principle within the context of Himalayan Buddhist art. It was commissioned as a gift to HM Dechen Choying Zangmo, The Sakyong Wangmo.

Yeshe Tsogyal’s features are mature while exhibiting a youthful compassionate peace and engaged wisdom. With her right leg extended, symbolizing an enduring intention to remain present for all beings, Yeshe Tsogyal’s right hand offers up a white gold-rimmed skullcup filled with amrita, nourishing elixir. Her left hand held palm down in the fearless mudra, gently crowns an embellished golden urn containing the essence of Dharma. Thus signifying her guardianship over the Buddha’s essential teachings: the truth of impermanence, the causal law of interdependence, and the luminous-emptiness of all arising and ceasing.

May all beings experience and thus emulate
the essential harmony of natural awareness and infinite compassion

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