Guru Rinpoche- Padmasambhava
Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche and Lotus born was a renowned and highly learned tantric yogi and teacher of Northern India. He is well known for the legendary foundation of Tibetan Buddhism. Padmasambhava was renowned for his knowledge of tantras and their efficacious application. He remained fifty years in Tibet founding Monasteries and teaching the tantras doctrine. He is said to have subdued all the malignant god in the Tibet sparing only those that became converted to Buddhism and that promised to be defenders (Dharmapala) of the doctrine. Padmasambhava in his turn, promise to enroll them in the Mahayana Patheon. He claimed to have received from the dakini the books from which he acquired his miraculous power. At the end of 50 years Padmasambhava disappeared miraculously.
Padmasambhava is represented seated on a lotus asana with the legs locked, the right hand holding the vajra and the left, lying in his lap, the patra. He holds his special symbol, the khatvana. Padmasambhava is revered by all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, and his image is prominently displayed next to that of Lord Buddha in most Buddhist temples, monasteries, and homes. Many devotees, particularly those of the Nyingma School that Padma founded, regard him as the second Buddha.
Padmasambhava is not an ordinary sentient being, practitioner, nor a noble bodhisattva progressing on the path of the bhumis. He is a direct emanation of all the Buddhas of the ten directions and the three times. He is the all-pervading Lord of the Three Jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. He is the single embodiment of the wisdom, compassion and activity of all the Victorious Ones. He is the Master of the three roots of Guru, Yidam and Protector. He is the essence of Buddha Amitabha.