When I was rescued from living in my car in 2011, the first painting I did was my version of Padmasambhava. I spent 30 years under the guidance of Merlin and always saw Padmasambhava as the Buddhist equivalent. Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, was an Indian tantric master who played a major role in bringing Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet in the eighth century. The subject of many myths and legends, little is known about him historically. He flew from Tibet to Bhutan on the back of a tigress, landing at a cave high up in the cliffs above Paro. This cave is where he then spent the next three years, three months, three weeks and three days meditating and performing rituals to subdue the demons of the land, and the place became known as "Tiger's Nest". Some believe that the tiger who carried the Guru was actually his disciple and consort, Yeshe Tsogyel, who transformed herself so that she could assist him in travelling to the Land of the Thunder Dragon.