While the guru may not be a buddha, He is a treasure-trove of knowledge. The Dalai Lama ('lama' is the Tibetan word for 'guru') speaks thus of the importance of the guru, "Rely on the teachings to evaluate a guru: do not have blind faith, but also no blind criticism". Tantra teaches the devotee to practise guru yoga - visualising and making offerings to the vajra (diamond or thunderbolt) that is a personification of the guru. The plateaux and valleys of North India have been abound with gurus that have initiated swarms of devotees. They are worshipped to this day in Nepal; their forms captured in gorgeous, high-skill sculptures such as the ones in this section. That Nepalese artisans have a way with copper (repoussé, inlaid, gilded, et al) could be gleaned from the handpicked pieces that make up this exclusive Nepalese Buddhist gurus collection.
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