Simon E. wrote:So you go from ' unfortunately I cannot hazard a guess '. Which is honest. To hazarding a very unconvincing guess... in two paragraphs.
Khenchen Thrangu has likely explained it somewhere as he was one of Khenpo Gangshar's students and has been teaching his approach to Mahamudra. Whatever the explanation, you can safely bet that it is a profound teaching. As an eample, the other picture in the boo is the cover photo which shows Khenpo Gangshar pointing a purba at himself (I had forgotten about this photo). Here's what a blogger at Buddhist Meditation on Tumblr
says that Khenchen Thrangu said about that:
There are only two pictures of Khenpo Gangshar and one is on the cover. As Thrangu Rinpoche explained, the Tibetans were upset with this picture because a phurba is held in the hand and pointed to demons and obstacles to eliminate them, but Khenpo Gangshar is pointing the phurba towards his heart. Khenpo Gangshar said he did this because all the obstacles to practice do not lie outside oneself, but lie in one’s heart. So he is pointing the phurba towards himself.
But Wait! Just a bit further down in that blog post it says:
The prophecy of Khenpo Gangshar is well described and it is interesting that the only other picture of Khenpo Gangshar we have is him raising both hands as in a surrender and telling this students that this is the mudra of the union of wisdom and skillful means.
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