Mahasiddha Sanskrit: mahsiddha great adept; Tibetan. Is a term for someone who embodies and cultivates the “siddhi of perfection”. They are a certain type of yogin/yogini recognized in Vajrayana Buddhism. Mahasiddhas were tantra practitioners. Or tantrikas who had sufficient empowerments and teachings to act as a guru or tantric master. A siddha is an individual who, through the practice of sdhan, attains the realization of siddhis. Psychic and spiritual abilities and powers. Their historical influence throughout the Indian subcontinent and the Himalayas. Was vast and they reached mythic proportions as codified in their songs of realization and hagiographies. Or namtars, many of which have been preserved in the Tibetan Buddhist canon. The Mahasiddhas are the founders of Vajrayana traditions and lineages such as Dzogchen and Mahamudra. In Tibetan monasteries a kapala is used symbolically to hold bread or dough cakes, torma, and wine instead of blood and flesh as offerings to wrathful deities, such as the ferocious Dharmapla (“defender of the faith”). The dough cakes are shaped to resemble human eyes, ears and tongues. The kapala is made in the form of a skull, specially collected and prepared. It is elaborately anointed and consecrated before use. The cup is also elaborately decorated and kept in a triangular pedestal. The heavily embossed cup is usually made of silver-gilt bronze with lid shaped like a skull and with a handle made in the form of a thunderbolt. Kapalas are used mainly for esoteric purposes such as rituals. Among the rituals using kapalas are higher tantric meditation to achieve a transcendental state of thought and mind within the shortest possible time; libation to gods and deities to win their favor; by Tibetan Lamas as an offering bowl on the altar, being filled with wine or blood as a gift to the Yidam Deity or all the Deities; and the Vajrayana empowerment ceremony. Height: 23.0 cm8.86 in. Width: 17.0 cm / 5.51 in. The item “A gilt bronze Mahasiddha Kapala deity Tibetan buddhism buddha statue” is in sale since Monday, May 28, 2018. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Religion & Spirituality\Buddhism\Statues & Figures”. The seller is “goldenwheat007″ and is located in , . This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Nepal
- Material: Gilt-Bronze
- Year: Shah Dynasty,17682008