as "The Lotus-Born," was not only a historical teacher but also a
renowned scholar, meditator, and magician, reflecting his multifaceted nature,
as suggested by his mantra.
He is seen holding
the khatvanga, a staff adorned with three severed heads representing the three
kayas (the three bodies of a Buddha: dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, and
nirmanakaya). He wears a simple sash robe. His eyes are wide open, reflecting a
penetrating gaze. In his right hand, he holds a five-pronged vajra at his
heart, while his left hand, in a gesture of equanimity, cradles a skull cup
containing the nectar of deathless wisdom within a vase of longevity.
Padmasambhava sits in the royal posture, with his feet crossed.
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