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[[Image:TN_Guru_Rinpoche_skull_cup.jpg‎|300px|thumb|Skull cup from a tangka of [[Tendrel Nyesel]]]]
 
The '''skull cup''' (Skt. ''kapala'', Tib. <big>ཐོད་པ།</big>,  Wyl. ''thod pa'') is a symbolic implement that represents the ability to sustain the bliss of nonconceptual wisdom. <ref>*bskyed pa'i rim pa cho ga dang sbyar ba'i gsal byed zung 'jug snye ma/ dge rtse ma h'a pandita tshe dbang mchog grub. Quoted in the glossary to ''Deity, Mantra and Wisdom'', Dharmachakra Translation Committee.</ref> When the skull cup contains blood it represents  the  conquering of the [[four maras|four demons]].<ref>* bskyed rim gyi zin bris cho ga spyi 'gros ltar bkod pa man ngag kun btus/ kun mkhyen bstan pa'i nyi ma. Quoted in the glossary to ''Deity, Mantra and Wisdom'', Dharmachakra Translation Committee.</ref>
 
The '''skull cup''' (Skt. ''kapala'', Tib. <big>ཐོད་པ།</big>,  Wyl. ''thod pa'') is a symbolic implement that represents the ability to sustain the bliss of nonconceptual wisdom. <ref>*bskyed pa'i rim pa cho ga dang sbyar ba'i gsal byed zung 'jug snye ma/ dge rtse ma h'a pandita tshe dbang mchog grub. Quoted in the glossary to ''Deity, Mantra and Wisdom'', Dharmachakra Translation Committee.</ref> When the skull cup contains blood it represents  the  conquering of the [[four maras|four demons]].<ref>* bskyed rim gyi zin bris cho ga spyi 'gros ltar bkod pa man ngag kun btus/ kun mkhyen bstan pa'i nyi ma. Quoted in the glossary to ''Deity, Mantra and Wisdom'', Dharmachakra Translation Committee.</ref>
  

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Skull cup from a tangka of Tendrel Nyesel

The skull cup (Skt. kapala, Tib. ཐོད་པ།, Wyl. thod pa) is a symbolic implement that represents the ability to sustain the bliss of nonconceptual wisdom. [1] When the skull cup contains blood it represents the conquering of the four demons.[2]

References

  1. *bskyed pa'i rim pa cho ga dang sbyar ba'i gsal byed zung 'jug snye ma/ dge rtse ma h'a pandita tshe dbang mchog grub. Quoted in the glossary to Deity, Mantra and Wisdom, Dharmachakra Translation Committee.
  2. * bskyed rim gyi zin bris cho ga spyi 'gros ltar bkod pa man ngag kun btus/ kun mkhyen bstan pa'i nyi ma. Quoted in the glossary to Deity, Mantra and Wisdom, Dharmachakra Translation Committee.