News: Odisha unveiled a 19-foot-high statue of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism
- It is placed in the middle of ‘Padma Sarovar’, a large tank near Padmasambhava Mahavihara, the largest Buddhist monastery in eastern India.
- Padmasambhava (“Lotus-Born”), also known as Guru Rinpoche, was an 8th-century Buddhist master from the Indian subcontinent.
- Although there was a historical Padmasambhava, little is known of him apart from helping the construction of the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet at Samye, at the behest of Trisong Detsen, and shortly thereafter leaving Tibet due to court intrigues.
- A number of legends have grown around Padmasambhava’s life and deeds, and he is widely venerated as a “second Buddha” by adherents of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, the Himalayan states of India, and elsewhere.
- In Tibetan Buddhism, he is a character of a genre of literature called terma, an emanation of Amitābha that is said to appear to tertöns in visionary encounters and a focus of guru yoga practice, particularly in the Rimé schools. The Nyingma school considers Padmasambhava to be a founder of their tradition.
- Padmasambhava introduced the people of Tibet to the practice of Tantric Buddhism.
- He is regarded as the founder of the Nyingma tradition. The Nyingma tradition is the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
- The Nyingma tradition actually comprises several distinct lineages that all trace their origins to Padmasambhava.