Ekajati by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
This Ekajati is one of the three images that comprise the ‘Protectors Triptych’ or the Three ‘Masks’ series. A colorful and detailed depictions of the faces of three protector deities: Vajrasadhu, Ekajati, and Four-armed Mahakala. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche created this series in the late 1960’s during his time at Oxford.
Ekajati is considered to be an emanation of Samantabhadri, the female primordial Buddha, and she also manifests as Vajrayogini, a pre-eminent female deity or yidam. The iconography of Ekajati is itself unusual, in that she has a single eye on her forehead and a single fang in the middle of her mouth, shown in this painting projecting down below the rest of her teeth. Ekajati is both peaceful and wrathful and is is the function of a wrathful protector or a protectress.
Ekajati, is a protector of the Buddhist teachings and of practitioners in the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism to which Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche belonged.
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1940-1987) is recognized for playing a pivotal role in the transmission of genuine Buddhadharma to the West. Being one of the first Tibetan Buddhist teachers to come to America, he established Shambhala International. He is the author of bestselling books on the Buddhist teachings, is a poet, painter, and a calligrapher who coined the term “dharma art.” His teachings on dharma art describe a profound connection between meditative mind and the creative process.
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