Guru Rimpoche is known as Tibetian slob-dpon (teacher or master). This mandala honors the precious teacher, a legendary Buddhist mystic who introduced Tantric Buddhism to Tibet and who is credited with establishing the first Buddhist monastery there. He usually sits on a lotus that sprang up in a small lake, wrapped in heavy, expensive robes, and wears a hat with its earflaps up. He posses a vajra in his right hand and a kapala (skull cup) with a little jar of amrita in his left hand, and a khatvanga clamped against his left shoulder.
What is Thangka?
A thangka sometime spelled thanka or tangka is important meditative paintings in Buddhism. The painting usually depicts Buddhist deities, scene or mandala. These paintings serve as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas (teachers or monks), and other deities.
Thangkas are traditionally kept unframed and rolled up when not on display, mounted on a textile backing. They are delicate paintings and must be kept in dry places away from high level of moisture.