This thangka shows the refugee tree of Guru Padmasambhava.
The Refugee Tree is a symbol of the highest ideals of Buddhism, a traditional image in the Tibetan tradition that takes different forms in different schools. On the refugeetree are formal teachers and sages from Buddhism's history.
Out of the depths of a clear blue sky emerges a beautiful tree of white lotus flowers. On the tree are many figures - historical, mythical and transcendental - each a teacher of Enlightenment. This is the Refugee Tree: a compelling image which, in its many different forms, has inspired Buddhists for centuries.
These teachers, each in their own way, have all changed the world for the better, playing a part in the creation of the rich Buddhist tradition we know today. Most significantly, however, the Refugee Tree is the focus of a transforming meditation practice. By engaging with this symbol of what we most deeply care about, we can bring ourselves closer to our goal of Enlightenment for the sake of all beings.
Dieses Bild zeigt den Zufluchtsbaum von Guru Padmasambhava,
ist ein Symbol für die höchsten Ideale des Buddhismus, ein
traditionelles Bild in der tibetischen Tradition, das in verschiedenen
Schulen unterschiedliche Formen annimmt. Am Zufluchtsbaum befinden sich
formale Lehrer und Weisen aus der Geschichte des Buddhismus.