Episodes in the life of Prince Dri-med-kun-Idan. Distemper painting by a Tibetan painter.
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Prince Dri-med-kun-Idan, also known in Tibetan as Prince Thams-cad-sgrol (Saviour of all, literally "Liberating all"), in Sanskrit as Viśvantara, and in Pali as Vessantara, is a former incarnation of the Buddha Gautama. The prince was so compassionate that when asked for a wish-fulfilling gem belonging to his father the king, he took it and gave it away. He was exiled to Koṅ-po (Kongpo) in Tibet, near the Buchu geomantic temple, and by and by gave away his wife, his children and his eyes. After much hardship all these were restored to him. The story, in the form of a drama, is often performed in Tibet and in Southern Buddhist countries such as Burma and Sri Lanka
In the centre of the painting is Padma Sambhava (Tibetan Pa-dma-'byuṅ-gnas, "He who was born out of the Lotus"), generally called Guru Rinpoche ("precious teacher"), founder of the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism in Tibet