The lotus-born Guru Padmasambhava, together with Trisong Detsen, king of Tibet, and Shantarakshits, India's great scholar, brought Buddhism to Tibet. Here Padmasambhava is surrounded by golden rays, recalling his power to subdue the dark forces of negativity. In his right hand he holds a vajra, symbol of spiritual power; in his left is a skullcup filled with nectar and a vase holding the elixir of immortality. Above his is Amitabha, Buddha of Boundless Light. To the left is Amitayus, and to the right is Green Tara. Below are the three great Bodhisattvas: Avalokiteshrava (centre), embodiment of compassion; Manjushri (left), manifestation of enlightened wisdom; and Vajrapani (right), protector of the teachings and embodiment of their power.