catlady2112 wrote:In this photo of Khenpo Gangshar and Trungpa Rinpoche, they are raising their arms. Does anyone know the meaning of what is going on in this photo? And what is on top of the table in the middle?
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.
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.
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.
VajraLion wrote:When I saw the picture before reading anything else I thought "that's Trungpa Rinpoche" I don't remember exactly, but I think it was in a documentary perhaps Crazy Wisdom where they explain this picture. They said it was taken in order to display an attitude of deference and submission to the invading Chinese.
kirtu wrote:catlady2112 wrote:In this photo of Khenpo Gangshar and Trungpa Rinpoche, they are raising their arms. Does anyone know the meaning of what is going on in this photo? And what is on top of the table in the middle?
Unfortunately I cannot hazard a guess. Khenpo Gangshar was one of the great yogis of the past century. My guess is that they are engaged in an offering. However this was photographed, certainly with Khenpo Gangshar's knowledge so more likely it is a kind of "liberation upon seeing" kind of photograph with the photograph being an intentional relic of this. There are other possibilities but they seem illogical (they are doing protector practice - that wouldn't be photographed). They object in the middle appears to be flowers or a torma of some kind.
Since Khenpo Gangshar foresaw the end of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet and was intent upon the transmission of the Dharma, my guess is the "liberation upon seeing" avenue.
VajraLion wrote:Actually at 7:30 into the documentary on Trungpa Rinpoche's life "Crazy Wisdom" Khenpo Karma Xidro explains Khenpo Gangshar said "we are not able to fight the communist and we should surrender." He [Karma Xidro] then says "That is the sign for surrender to the Chinese" then the above mentioned image is shown.
So I guess its more like a direct explanation of the specific image rather then speculation. I did do my research! May it be beneficial.
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