An image of Padmasambhava on an initiation card, Tibet, 19th Century. Padmasambhava is regarded as the founder of the Nyingma tradition. The Nyingma tradition is the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The Nyingma tradition actually comprises several distinct lineages that all trace their origins to Padmasambhava.
White Tara: White Tara is an emanation of Tara who is connected with longevity. One calls on her for health, strength, and longevity. White Tara is also known as Samaya Tara, meaning Vow Tara. This refers to Tara's vow to save all beings and Buddhist practitioner practicing this deity takes a similar vow to help other beings from their suffering.
Guru Padmasambhava 6" x 8" Ground Pigment and Gold on Cotton 2008 Private Collection Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, is said to have transmitted Tantric Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century. In Bhutan and Tibet he is better known as Guru Rinpoche followers of the Nyingma School regard him as the second Buddha.
The pentagonal panel was the central leaf in a tirual crown worn ceremonially by a lama. The Tathagata (Transcendent Buddha) Vairochana, the Resplendent One, presides over the five Tathagatas, one of the most important group of deities of Esoteric Buddhism