Mahakala, 2006

Pastel on paper

38 x 28 inches (frame)

001

Mahakala is a wrathful deity from the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhist gods. He is a protector of the doctrine (dharma) and also assists the devotee in overcoming his ego. Shown here in his four-armed form, he holds a skull cup and sword with his inner hands, a ceremonial staff in his far left hand, and makes the gesture of admonition with his far right hand. The circle of flames represents his ability to burn up negativities. This image was taken from a 13th century Tibetan painting (thanka).

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