Thangka 1000 arms Chenrezig Avalokiteshvara compassion, flawless, high quality printing
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1000 armed Chenresig
This offer is an impeccable print made on the same canvas material used in drawn thangkas.
All images shown here are photographs of the print as offered here by me!
The quality of these prints is incredibly successful and sharper than can be seen here with these pictures!
Height / height: 61 cm • Width / wide: 45.5 cm • T01
Avalokiteshvara (Sanskrit lit. "Lord who looks down", tib. Chenrezig) is the embodiment of compassion of all Buddhas. He is the most widely revered bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism and is said to be incarnated in the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa and other high lamas.
According to Mahāyāna doctrine, Avalokiteshvara is a bodhisattva who has made a great vow to assist sentient beings in times of difficulty, and to postpone his own Buddhahood until he has assisted every being on Earth in achieving Nirvana.
Another Tibetan source explains that Buddha Amithaba gave to one of his two main disciples, Avalokiteshvara, the task to take upon himself the burden of caring for Tibet. Therefore he is also regarded as the patron of Tibet.
His practice is related to the mantra om mani padme hum. Recitation of this mantra is the most popular religious practice in Tibetan Buddhism.
Avalokiteshvara has an extraordinarily large number of manifestations in different forms, one of the most popular being the one with 1000 arms and 11 faces displayed here.
One prominent story tells of Avalokiteshvara vowing never to rest until he had freed all sentient beings from samsara. Despite strenuous effort, he realized that still countless unhappy beings were yet to be saved, and gave up his vow, because he thought it impossible, upon which he burst into a thousand pieces. His guru Amitabha Buddha, seeing his plight, put him together and gave him eleven heads and 1000 arms to reach out to all those who needed aid in a thousand different skillful ways.
Avalokiteshvara is white, standing on a lotus and moon throne signifying his primordial purity (lotus which always stays clean despite its growing in the mud) and compassion (moon that cools the heat of samsara). Above his crown appears his teacher and inspiration, the Buddha Amitabha. In his first two hands he holds the wish-fulfilling jewel of bodhicitta, the intention to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings; the implements in his remaining hands, some of them of wrathful nature, all help him to skillfully carry out this intention and are thus further manifestations of his compassion. His eleven heads likewise display different expressions in accordance with the different dispositions of sentient beings; one of them is black and wrathful in order to tame beings who can only be reached by wrathful methods. To his right and left are the bodhisattvas Maitreya and Vajrapani, respectively.