The thangka depicts a beautifully detailed Guru Padmasambhava design and is unframed and ready for Western style framing. It is done entirely by hand on cotton canvas using natural mineral and vegetable pigments with 24K gold details. The complicated designs, intricate brushstrokes, and extraordinary detail make these thangkas genuine works of art.
Guru Rinpoche, or precious teacher, is commonly known as Padmasambhava - the 'lotus born'. Known as the second buddha who propagated the Buddhadharma throughout Tibet, he is considered the complete embodiment of all Buddhas of the three kayas. In order to benefit numerous beings and spread the Buddhadharma during the age of decline, Guru Rinpoche spread many hidden treasure teachings throughout Tibet and within the minds of his students. These were later discovered as termas.