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The Practice of making Tsatsa is a form of traditional Buddhist art that has flourished for centuries in remote Himalayan Buddhist kingdoms, most notably Tibet. These votive tablets are traditionally made of clay and generally used as offerings at shrines, but also given as gifts. Like many Tibetan sacred objects, they are iconographic forms representing various meditational deities and Buddhas. The creation of sacred objects such as tsatsa, statues, and stupas is a practice that is said to result in great merit and positive energy for the practitioner as well as the recipient. Tsatsa make wonderful additions to an altar, mantelpiece or any other clean, respectful location. 

Most of the pieces in the Tsatsa collection are cast with a mix of gypsum or finely ground stone and various resins, thus maintaining a high quality of detail. Mixing in the ashes of loved ones or other sacred relics are frequently requested in the casting process. Tsatsa can be mounted on brocade or velvet and box-framed and hung on a wall, or placed on an altar, shrine or other suitable place. The appropriate prayers can be performed ensuring their power to transform an ordinary room or a special place.

The Tsatsa shown on this page are representative of many of the pieces finished during various workshops.

          

Traditionally made Clay Tsatsa from Sera Monastery, Lhasa in Tibet -  Padmasambhava

4  x 4.5 inches / 10 x 12 cms

Gilt metal finish in 22kt Rose gold, 18 kt Green gold, and 12kt White gold

 

Green Tara

     

Green Tara, a Buddha in female aspect, represents enlightened activity. She is seated on a lotus, her right hand in a gesture (mudra) indicating her ability to help all beings, her left hand in the mudra of refuge. With a warm, loving gaze she looks upon each sentient being as a mother regards her only child. She is seated with her left leg drawn in to symbolize her renunciation of worldly attachments, and her right leg is extended to come to the aid of those in need.

size 12.5 cm x 18.5 cm

 

 

Manjushri

Fine Goldleaf

size 20 cm x 23.5 cm 

   

Golden orange in color, Manjushri is the embodiment of infinite wisdom. His double-edged sword cuts through obscuring layers of misconception and ignorance; the sutra text he holds (Prajnaparamita, or The Perfection of Wisdom) on the stem of a lotus flower indicates his penetrating insight. It is said that the two most powerful ways of developing wisdom are to study the profound sutras and to meditate upon Manjushri.  

 

Medicine Buddhas

Medicine Buddha is the manifestation of the healing energy of all enlightened beings. His left hand holds a bowl of healing nectar, and in his right hand he holds the stem of a myrobalan plant, an important herb used in Tibetan medicine. 

14 cm x 16 cm

The following is a simple healing meditation practice which generates a self-healing energy. If you want to make it even simpler and quicker, just do the motivation, visualization and healing portions. While dedicated to the benefit of all beings, this practice should also generate powerful self-healing forces.

Preparation & Motivation

You should begin by generating in your mind a positive intention to benefit all beings and relieve their suffering by meditating on the healing Buddha.

Visualization

Visualize a large, blue image of the "Healing Master of Lapis Lazuli" in space in front and above you. His left hand, palm upward in his lap, holds a bowl full of miraculous healing nectar. His right hand rests palm outward on his knee in a blessing gesture, and holds a magic plant which cures all diseases. His color is a deep translucent blue, and his robes are in hues of yellow, orange and red.

Healing

Keep visualizing the healing Buddha, with healing rays emanating from his body in all directions.

Prayer Of Request (see Credits)

"I beseech you, Blessed Medicine Guru, Whose sky-colored, holy body of lapis lazuli Signifies omniscient wisdom and compassion As vast as limitless space, Please grant me your blessings."

"I beseech you, compassionate Medicine Guru, Holding in your right hand the King of medicines Symbolizing your vow to help all the pitiful sentient beings Plagued by the four hundred and twenty-four diseases, Please grant me your blessings."

"I beseech you, compassionate Medicine Guru, Holding in your left hand a bowl of nectar Symbolizing your vow to give the glorious undying nectar of the Dharma Which eliminates the degenerations of sickness, old age and death, Please grant me your blessings."

Mantra of the Medicine Buddha

" Tayata Om Bekanje Bekanje Maha Bekanje Randze Samu Gate Ye Swaha "

Dissolution

Dissolve the visualization, prayer and mantra into clear space. Recognize that your mind is identical with that clear space.

Dedication

"Whatever merits were produced by this practice, I dedicate them all to the health and happiness of all beings."

Medicine Buddha

cold cast resin

15 cm tall x 13 cm wide  

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The Medicine Buddha is depicted sitting on a lotus throne (the lotus flower is the symbol of purity of mind and of the earth) in the posture of vajrasana (also known as the Diamond Position, which was assumed by Buddha Shakyamuni on the last day before his enlightenment). His right hand is in the gesture of Vitarka, the gesture of Argument or Debate. Vitarka is a symbol for intellectual discussion. The circle formed by thumb and index symbolizes the Wheel of Teaching. The symbolism of the gesture with the hand pointing down is integration of wisdom and intellectual.

In his left hand he holds an iron bowl filled with amrita (divine healing nectar). Multicoloured rays emanating from his body help banish the three poisons – desire, hatred and envy – and harmonise the balance between the three humours – wind, bile and phlegm.

Meditating with a medicine Buddha creates great therapeutic energy, which is useful for healing oneself and others.
 

Medicine Buddha

cast powdered stone

Fine Gold and Palladium

17 cm tall x 15 cm wide  

 

Tsatsa Buddha wall

Maitreya

Maitreya  (Pali: Metteya) is the future Buddha of this world, a Bodhisattva who will eventually appear on earth, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure Dharma. Maitreya Bodhisattva will be the successor of the historic Buddha. He is predicted to be a “world-ruler”, uniting those over whom he rules.

10 cm 

49 Medicine Buddha Plaque    

Medicine Buddha is the manifestation of the healing energy of all enlightened beings. His left hand holds a bowl of healing nectar, and in his right hand he holds the stem of a myrobalan plant, an important herb used in Tibetan medicine. 

16.5 cm x 19 cm     

Dorje Drollo   

7 cm x 9 cm 

Dorje Drollo is fully wrathful, wielding dorje and phurba, and dancing on the back of a tigress. The eighth manifestation of Padmasambhava, he's the ultimate and absolute aspect of crazy wisdom. He takes the ironic aspect of the world with great seriousness and he makes irresistible jokes on a vast scale. He acts with crazy wisdom until the student's mind has nothing left to hang on to.

The Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche

1. Padmasambhava: appearing as the one born from a lotus, totally pure.

2. Gyakar Panchen: displaying the qualities of a great Indian scholar.

3. Loden Chokse: having an omniscient mind inseparable from Manjushri.

4. Pema Gyalpo: manifesting as a king controlling all realms of existence.

5. Nyima Oser: dispelling the darkness of ignorance.

6. Shakya Senge: appearing as the monk who became the great liberator of all beings.

7. Senge Dradok: destroying extreme wrong views and the demonic forces that arise when tantric vows are broken.

8. Dorje Drollo: appearing as the fierce destroyer of enemies and the obstructions to enlightenment. 

4 Armed Chintamani Avalokiteshvara

10 cm x 8 cm   

Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig (tib.) is the patron deity of Tibet. The Tibetan people even claim descent from Avalokiteshvara, who in the form of a monkey, is said to have sired the original inhabitants of the Roof of the World. Shakyamuni Buddha prophesied that Avalokiteshvara would subdue its barbarous inhabitants and lead them along the path to enlightenment. Taking miraculous birth from a shaft of light from the heart of Amitabha Buddha which then transformed into a radiant lotus, and it is from within this lotus that the four armed incarnation of Avalokiteshvara was discovered.

The four-armed holds a wish-fulfilling gem in his palms, as well as a rosary and lotus. The thousand-armed also holds a water-pot, a bow for firing arrows, the wheel of dharma, and the mudra of bestowing realizations.

Avalokiteshvara has been identified with, among others, King Songtsen Gampo, Padmasambhava, Dromtonpa (Atisha's disciple), the Gyalwa Karmapa, and the Dalai Lamas.

1000 Armed Avalokiteshvara Plaque with Stupas and Medicine Buddhas

15.25 cm x 18.5 cm  

On completing a meditation retreat, the Boddhisattva realized that he had only helped a very small number of beings, and thus in his disappointment his head split into ten pieces and his body into a thousand. Amitabha restored the broken body into a thousand hands, each with its own wisdom eye, and the shattered pieces of his head into 10 faces, nine of them peaceful and one wrathful, so that he could look compassionately in all directions simultaneously. Amitabha was so pleased with his heart-son Avalokiteshvara that he crowned the ten faces with a replica of himself.

The thousand-armed holds a wish-fulfilling gem in his palms, a rosary, a lotus and also a water-pot, a bow for firing arrows, the wheel of dharma, and the mudra of bestowing realizations.

1000 Armed Avalokiteshvara 

9 cm x 11 cm  

The embodiment of infinite compassion, white in color, Avalokiteshvara seeks to dispel the suffering of all beings. With his compassionate gaze, Avalokiteshvara looks upon beings in all realms of existence with the wish that they be free of suffering. His mantra is: OM MANI PADME HUM.     

Manjushri  

6 cm x 7 cm  

Golden orange in color, Manjushri is the embodiment of infinite wisdom. His double-edged sword cuts through obscuring layers of misconception and ignorance; the sutra text he holds (Prajnaparamita, or The Perfection of Wisdom) on the stem of a lotus flower indicates his penetrating insight. The mantra for Manjushri is: OM AH RA PA TSA NA DHI. It is said that the two most powerful ways of developing wisdom are to study the profound sutras and to meditate upon Manjushri.   

Other Tsa-tsa

Green Tara

White Tara

Vajrasattva and consort                              

 

The 35 Buddhas of Confession

The 35 Buddhas made special promises to help practitioners purify negative imprints in their minds. The large image at the top is that of Shakyamuni Buddha; the other 34 Buddhas of Confession are below him. At the bottom there are also the 7 Medicine Buddhas.

size 28 cm x 37 cm 

 

Mandarava

5.5 cm high

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