Tenzin1 wrote:What is he holding in his right hand? It doesn't look like the usual medicinal plant in the iconography of the other traditions. It doesn't look like he's holding a bowl of medicines in his left hand, either. Can you tell us more about the iconography?
Tashi delek T1,
The Sangye Menla,holds in his right hand the Yungdrung.
According Dmitri Ermakovi:
(who does also make some transcripts from Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche's teachings)Swastika in the Prehistoric Bön of Eurasia and Bө Murgel T
he swastika is a very important symbol in the Prehistoric Bön of Eurasia
, and in Mongol-Buryat Bө Murgel in particular. In Bө Murgel the swastika is called has tamga - 'jade stamp'. This name, no doubt, arose at the time when precious jade was exported from Siberia to China along the Jade Route, a trade route connecting the Glazkovskaya culture of South Siberia (which included Lake Baikal) and the Shan-Yin Empire in China in the 2nd millennium BC. Many images of has tamga are found all over the Great Steppe, in particular in Mongolia, Inner Mongolia and Amdo, on so-called Deer Stones, large standing stones dated at roughly the same period as the Jade Route. The has tamga of Modern Bө Murgel turns to the left whereas the prevailing ritual movement of Modern Bө Murgel is to the right. This contradiction is also addressed and resolved in Bө and Bön.Swastika in Yungdrung Bön
The swastika is an extremely important symbol in Yungdrung Bön, all the more so because the Tibetan name for swastika - yungdrung - forms part of its name.
Thus Yungdrung Bön could be translated as the Religion of the Swastika. In Yungdrung Bön, the swastika is rich in symbolism. Primarily, it represents the unchangeable, indestructible state, Buddha-nature, the Nature of Mind, the fundamental ground of existence, light. The 4 arms and the centre of the yungdrung also represent the 4 directions and the centre, as well as the 5 purified elements which appear as the dimensions of the 5 Buddha-clans of 5 colours.
These are further symbolised by the 5 seed-syllables (in this case in the language of Zhang Zhung) marking each of the 5 sections within the Yungdrung.