Karma Drubgyu Trinle Rabgye Pel Zangpo (1876-1942), also known as Ripa Bayo, was a luminary, artist, prophet, and a bona fide Tibetan vagabond. This exhibit of illustrations from Ripo Bayo’s collected writings showcase his unexpected modernist vision, his adventurous spirit as a traveler, his prophecies and story telling, and his ability to wonder at the world.
This hand drawn page is a symbolic teaching based on Ripa Bayo's visions and dreams. The meaning behind the symbols is intentionally "hidden for the future."
Illustrations from Ripo Bayo's dream account; this is one episode from the famous Tibetan Gesar epic.
In the right frame is "The Demon of Jang who Wears a Red Hat"; Jang is a country that King Gesar conquers. In the left frame is the "Black Cloaked One from Gade"; the Ga tribe is located in Gesar's kingdom of Ling.
Page from Ripa Bayo's Autobiographical travelogue, from the years 1891-1904.
This illustration depicts Zangyak Drak Monastery, near Lhasa in central Tibet.
TBRC Place ID: http://www.tbrc.org/#!rid=G2444.
"The Charnal Ground that Resounds with Ha Ha Laughter"
Illustrations of Symbolic Teachings, Hidden for the Future.
Illustrations from Ripo Bayo's dream account, examples to open the doorway to the Gesar epic.
In the left frame is the figure Tragen, the "Old Hawk Teacher." In the right frame is Trotung, the "Little Angry King,"
Illustrations of symbolic teachings depicting the intent of the enlightened mind.
The caption here reads, "Ama Railroad. European Railroad Line in India. Smoke from a Train Car."
Illustrations of warriors from Ripo Bayo's dream account, examples to open the doorway to the Gesar epic.
Illustrations of figure from Ripo Bayo's dream account, examples to open the doorway to the Gesar epic. Image of King Zigpen, the "Youthful Leaping Leopard," one of the Seven Super Warriors.
These drawn figures appear in a procession across the page, performing a ritual ceremony for the casting of the torma, a deity offering.
Illustration of the Lhodrak Borderland of Tibet and Bhutan. This drawing was initially part of Ripa Bayo’s Autobiography During the Years, 1891-1904.
The sites, from left to right, are Drowo Lung, Castle and River through Lhodrak, Nine-Story Castle, Charnel Ground and Temple, and Tse Lam Pelri Monastery.
TBRC Place ID: http://www.tbrc.org/#!rid=G2134.
An drawing of Shudmo Monastery.
Labchi Snow Mountain and the Five Sisters of Longevity Mountain Range.