This print is one of the three of the Protectors Triptych. Vajrasadhu is a protector of the Buddhist teachings and of practitioners in the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, to which the artist belonged
Vajrasadhu is a lokapala, a class of worldly protector, often charged with guarding specific places. They are often dressed in armour, as Vajrasadhu is in this rendition, and lives in a castle made of a black crystaline rock.
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1940-1987) is recognized for playing a pivotal role in the transmission of genuine Buddhadharma to the West. 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. He was a poet, painter, and calligrapher who coined the term “dharma art,” and whose teachings on dharma art describe a profound connection between meditative mind and the creative process.