In Sakya Senge Guru Rinpoche is re- embodied as a monk and the second Buddha. The establishes the link between the activity of Guru Rinpoche and the holy age of activity of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. Sakya Senge sits cross- legged in the lotus or vajra position with his right hand touching the earth. This recalls portrayals of the historical Buddha, as does the characteristic cranial protuberance, a distinguishing mark of the Buddha signifying the state of omniscience. His dress corresponds to that of the first members of the Buddhist monastic community; their garments were made from threadbare rags as a sing of their poverty. The patches that make up the robe are trimmed with gold borders.