This collection of images depicts the Sixteen Arhats, a work of art made by Sonam Sherpa at Nalanda Monastery. Lama Zopa Rinpoche requested to photograph them to make them available to others.The Sixteen Arhats (Foe Destroyers) are also known as the Sixteen Sthaviras (Elders)— who have destroyed their inner enemy, the delusions, and attained liberation from cyclic existence—where selected by Buddha Shakyamuni to protect the Dharma. At the time of the parinirvana they vowed to remain in the world to preserve the Dharma until the time of the future Buddha Maitreya.Benefits of making offerings and prayers to the Sixteen Arhats:
Images designed by Harald Weichhart.
Please enjoy this short video on the making and history of these statues: