N„ropa, a foremost scholar at the ancient Buddhist university of N„landš, was shown the shortcomings of his knowledge by a D„kini. After an arduous search, he found his teacher Tilopa, who instructed him in the Mah„mudr„ and other Vajray„na teachings. In this 18th-century painting the great siddha N„ropa blows on an antelope horn and holds a skullcup in his left hand. At his side, his sister Nigumš, a realized yogini, offers him a skullcup filled with nectar. Above him is Sri Cakrasamvara, tutelary deity of his lineage. The tiger in the foreground suggests his power of yogic insight.