Protector Dorje Legpa

Damchen Dorje Legpa, or «Excellent Vajra» is one of three primary protectors of the Nyingma and Dzogchen traditions. Dorje Legpa as Vajrasadhu is said to have been the god of gambling and war, until he was subjugated by Guru Rinpoche and bound under oath. He is prominent in both the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions, but in the Nyingma school he is depicted as red, riding a snow lion, and holding a vajra in his right hand and the heart of the «enemy» in his left.

In the Kagyu school he rides a goat, the traditional mount of the Theurang demons. Since Dorje Legpa’s energy is described as being less overwhelming than Ekajati and Rahula, he is very accessible, and can be approached for more personal and mundane matters. Ekajati and Rahula, on the other hand, are solely interested in matters pertaining to the Dharma and realization.

Protector Dorje Legpa

2003, 87.5 x 53 cm (tib. nagtan)

canvas, mineral pigments, gold, brocade, silk


Property of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu