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Padmasambhava, an Indian sage, introduced the Tantric form of Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century. Much of his work consisted of taming renegade forces in the Tibetan mind and landscape and paving the way for the spread of a doctrine based on the perfectibility of the human spirit. In this image, Padmasambhava is shown subjugating a local demon, a personification of aberrant mental traits.


text & photo © Ian Baker