The artisan created our 9.25″ Guru Tsongkhapa statue featuring two lotus flowers growing over each shoulder. Over his left shoulder the lotus flower holds the Prajnaparamita Sutra which is the book of “Perfected Wisdom”. Additionally, the lotus over his right shoulder features the sword of wisdom rising out of the blossom. He is also depicting the Dharmachakra mudra. This mudra symbolizes the setting of the “Wheel of Dharma” in motion by Shakyamuni Buddha.
The Guru Tsongkhapa statue is depicted wearing the yellow long eared hat symbolizing that he has completed the perfection of wisdom. Plus, Guru Tsongkhapa is also wearing the robe of an ordained monk reflecting that he has completed the order of moral discipline.
Symbolism of a Guru Tsongkhapa Statue
This special Guru Tsongkhapa Statue comes as a single statue. Usually Guru Tsongkhapa will be featured in a set of three statues which would include his two main disciples – Gyaltsabje and Khedrubje. Guru Tsongkhapa is believed to be an incarnation of Manjushri representing the Buddha’s wisdom. Furthermore, Gyaltsabje is deemed to be Avalokitesvara representing the compassion of all the Buddhas. Finally, Khedrubje is believed to be Vajrapani who represents all the power of the Buddha.
The statue pays special tribute to Guru Tsongkhapa who is the founding father of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Additionally, Tibetan Buddhists believe that Shakyamuni Buddha prophesied that Guru Tsongkhapa would appear as Manjushri. The Buddha says he would appear as an ordinary being to teach the ways of the Buddha. Also, he was to establish a “joyful” land in the “Land of the Snows” where he would serve as its protector. The Gelug school of Buddhism is still predominant today and it is represented by the 14th Dalai Lama. Click here to learn more about the history of Tibetan Buddhism.