This is the centrepiece of a series of seven Tibetan scrolls, which show the historicalwith 18 of his legendary pupils. These so-called are venerated as immortal patriarchs who use their to uphold the for posterity. Just about every Tibetan temple has such a picture series.
Here Buddhais seated on a decorated throne. His right hand makes the that signifies ultimate insight. His left hand holds a which stands for the ideal Buddhist path: living as a .