Looks Like Me

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The famous 'Looks Like Me' statue

‘Looks Like Me’ (Tib. guru ngadrama, Wyl. gu ru nga 'dra ma) — this is an image of Padmasambhava which was made from life and blessed by him in the eighth century in Tibet. It is believed that on seeing this statue at Samyé, he remarked, “It looks like me,” and then blessed it, saying, “Now it is the same as me!”

Together with Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, Sogyal Rinpoche performed a hundred thousand tsok offerings in front of this image when they stayed in Samyé for more than a month on their way to India.

The original black and white photograph was taken by the Queen Mother of Sikkim Gyalyum Kunzang Dechen Tsomo Namgyal. It was then computer enhanced according to the advice of lamas who had seen the original, which was sadly destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.