Avalokiteshvara 1000 armed 11 faced
1000 Armed, 11 Faced
"Bodhisattva of Great Compassion"
Overall measurements: 58H " x 38W " Inside picture: 34H " x 27W" (measurements approximate)
The proper name for this depiction of Avalokiteshvara is Sahasrabhuja Lokeshvara, Lokeshvara is the keeper of the 6-syllable mantra OM MANI PADMI HUM.
Created at the Wutong (Wu tun or Wutun) Monastery by a Tibetan Buddhist monk, this is a newer creation, made between 1990 and 2000, when the monks first came out of hiding. Comes with COA and brief iconography. There is some slight damage to the painting, please examine the image carefully before purchasing.
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Avalokiteshvara is the archangelic Bodhisattva of Great Compassion. His vast vows to save all beings are said by the texts to be inconceivable. With his special manta, OM MANI PADME HUM ("Hail the jewel in the lotus!"), he travels to all realms of the universe in his tireless quest to deliver beings from suffering. In one of his special sutras, the Jewel-Casket Array (Karandavyuha), he actually descends to the hells of Yama. From the fingers of his thousand-arms, magic waters flowed and cooled the flames of the molten iron realm. The White Lotus of Compassion, Sutra (karunapunndarika), records how he took a special vow to free the Tibetans, to tame them and turn them away from their violent ways and to turn their land of barbaric savagery into a land bright with happiness.
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His first two hands, held together in front of his solar-plexus, are holding the magic wish granting gem, which stands for the spirit of enlightenment that consists of love and wisdom.
The rosary in the top right-hand is used for reciting the OM MANI PADME HUM.
The elongated head has ten faces: front, right, and left faces on three levels, and a topmost front face. These faces symbolize that Avalokiteshvara has mastered all tem of the Bodhisattva stages, each face representing an attitude dominant on a particular stage. Three of the faces are loving; three are peaceful; and four are fierce. On top of the entire stack, there is a small separate head of Buddha Amitabha, symbolizing that Avalokiteshvara is really a Buddha, that, in fact, he is the compassion of all the Buddhas.