high-quality giclee print thangka, mounted on brocade
painted area 17" x 25", entire thangka 25" x 50"
traditional brocade border
Avalokitesvara (Tib. Chenrezik) is the Buddha of Compassion and his 6-Syllable Mantra of om mani padme hung" is the most commonly repeated mantra among many Buddhists. In the Lotus Sutra, it is said that Avalokitesvara's compassion will deliver anyone from any danger if they "merely think" of him. In China, he is often imagined as female and is known as Guanyin (Jap. Kannon, Kor. Gwan-eum) Many of the great lineage-masters in Tibetan Buddhism are considered emanations of this buddha - masters such as the Dalai Lamas, the Karmapas & the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsangs. In this form of a thousand hands and eyes (in the palm of each hand is an eye!), the all-pervasive compassion (hands) and wisdom (eyes) of Avalokitesvara is expressed.