This is a statue of Lord Jigten Sumgon, founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and is specially consecrated by Lama Konchok Sonam. Its beautiful patina is because it is made from a special material called "lee" in Tibetan, an alloy of copper and brass. The face is hand-painted gold-leaf. This statue is 12 inches tall and 8 inches wide.
Lord Jigten Sumgon Statue
What Does "Specially Consecrated" Mean?
These unique blessed items are prepared and consecrated by Lama Konchok Sonam, Spiritual Director and Resident Lama of the Drikung Meditation Center. Inside are many precious substances including relics of great Buddhist masters, soil and stones from Buddhist holy sites, sands from many great sand mandalas and other items too numerous to mention. Personally gathered by Lama Sonam and then placed inside in accordance with the scripture of sutra and tantra to aid all sentient beings through the power of Bodhicitta.