Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Samten Gyatso was Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's main teacher and he was regarded as one of the emanations of the Indian master Vimalamitra. There is a fascinating story in Blazing Splendor about how a mind terma by the second Chokling of Tsikey was "confiscated" by Samten Gyatso. This unusual master also commissioned a lot of icon paintings which Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche brought with him to Nepal. And, since he was known to be a stickler for details and correctness, I have relied on them when the illustrations in Wellsprings were redrawn. Here you can see a slideshow of the line drawings included in Wellsprings, as well as a few others that didn't make it into the final version of the book. All the buddhas and masters were redrawn by Lhadripa Ngawang Zangpo.