Maker Buddha

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Maker Buddha

Post by full.autumn.moon » Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:31 pm

I was at a teaching with a friend who came along as an observer and he asked me if there was a "Maker Buddha". He is a designer and a woodworker and I guess he is looking for a Buddha or a Bodhisattva who "works with his hands". I thought of Thangthong Gyalpo. Do members have any suggestions? The right image could inspire him to practice.
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Re: Maker Buddha

Post by Ayu » Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:01 pm

I think, I didn't really get your question, but maybe Thangkha painting is the kind of practical approach you're looking for?

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Re: Maker Buddha

Post by pemachophel » Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:50 pm

Maybe want to look at the 84 Mahasiddhas. Among these were a weaver, cobbler, blacksmith, pastry cook, tailor, rope-maker, and boot-maker.

However, your own suggestion of Drub-thob Thang-tong Gyalpo is spot-on.

Also, Damchen Dorje Lekpa is a sometimes blacksmith.
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Re: Maker Buddha

Post by dzogchungpa » Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:32 pm

The Indian deity Vishvakarma is something like the "god of makers", and I believe he is revered by Buddhists as well as HIndus, so perhaps your friend would be interested in him.
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Re: Maker Buddha

Post by full.autumn.moon » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:30 am

I did think of Vishwakarma. Being Indian, he is a part of our cultural consciousness. I did not know he was admired by Buddhists as well!
I should have thought of the Mahasiddhas like Saraha and all.
Thank you for all the kind replies!


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