Guru Rinpoche a.k.a. Padmasambhava is loved by every Tibetan. This brass statue is 8 inches. His right hand is holding a vajra. The left hand holds a white skull cap filled with nectar of longevity and deathless wisdom. You might notice he is missing his staff; hence the lower price.
Something happened in the 8th century, a great spiritual awakening and cultural renaissance was initiated all over the planet. Charlemagne unified Europe for the first time since the Roman Empire. Kukai traveled from Japan to China, learned at the feet of a master, and brought back esoteric Buddhism to Japan for the first time, called Shingon. And the great Buddha, Padma Sambhava brought Buddhism to Tibet.
In the ninth century, Padma Sambhava's foremost disciple, Lady Yeshe Tsogyal, recorded his oral instructions and concealed them as "treasure teachings" (termas) to be revealed in later centuries. Padma Sambhava prophesied that his 25 close disciples would reembody as tertöns, who would reveal these hidden teachings. (Tertön means "a revealer of hidden treasures.") He predicted the names and times of arrival of 108 tertöns. The teachings they would receive, either in physical documents or in visions, would be the specific teachings needed to liberate those of their generation and century.
Tibetan Buddhists believe that starting in the eleventh century and continuing, tertöns began to recover and expound upon these termas. Some of the termas that were discovered contain prophecies made by Padma Sambhava concerning the future of Tibet—prophecies we have seen come to pass in our own lifetime. These include prophecies of the Chinese Communist invasion of Tibet; the destruction of monasteries; the desecration of sacred scriptures, statues and paintings; the degradation of monks; the slaying of the Tibetan people and the raping of nuns.