Padmasambhava (Sanskrit) is better known as Guru Rinpoche (“Precious Master”) or Lopon Rinpoche in Tibet. Padmasambhava is regarded as a major spiritual ancestor of all Tibetan Buddhists. Tibetans usually call him Guru Rinpoche, or Precious Teacher, and consider him as a second Buddha. He is highly revered in Tibet by all Buddhist sects. Padmasambhava’s ability to memorize and comprehend esoteric texts in a single hearing established his reputation as a master above all others. He is depicted here seated at ease with legs crossed on a lotus throne. He holds his Khatvanga staff with three severed heads denoting liberation from the three worlds. The right-hand holds a gold vajra. The left hand placed in the lap holds a long-life vase containing the nectar of immortality. He brings education and academic luck to the household.