Dragon-2 Skt. Vritra: Tib. Brug: Ch, lung

Dragon-2 Skt. Vritra: Tib. Brug: Ch, lung

Worked a bit on the Tibetan Dragon, still have a way to go. It will be a present to my Granddaughter E. From Robert Beer’s Tibetan Symbols and Motifs: In Buddhism the dragon is the vehicle of Vairochana, the white Buddha of the centre or east. The blue turquoise dragon is the vehicle of many protective deities, aquatic or storm gods, and guardians of treasure – where it is closely identified with the naga serpent.
The Tibetan term for the dragon (lib. ‘brug) refers to the sound of thunder. The Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan is known as Druk Yul meaning ‘the land of the thunder dragon’, and its inhabitants are known as Drukpas- named after the Drukpa Kagyu lineage established by Tsangpa Gyare, who had witnessed nine dragons ascending from the ground into the sky over the site of Ralung where he estab- lished the monastery of Ralung (circa 1180 AD). The ascent of a dragon or group of dragons is always an auspicious sign. Even in the last decade there have been several reported sightings of dragons in Tibet, one of which is reputed to have been filmed on video camera. The dragon is not seen as a purely mythological creature in China or Tibet. Its ap- pearance was too frequently recorded throughout history to have been assigned to the mythological or extinct species of animals.