Chenrezig is known to be the Buddha of compassion. His name is Tibetan but he is also called Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit, Guan Yin in Chinese, and Kannon in Japanese. The followers of Chenrezig consider love and compassion as the strongest suit and sign of his presence. He can be considered one of the most popular Buddhas, second only to the Buddha Shakyamuni. Chenrezig is the patron of Tibetan Bodhisattvas and Buddhism.
This thangka portrays him in a seating position on a lotus throne with a flat moon disk. He is drawn with four arms. Chenrezig is also depicted wearing a traditional Bodhisattva garb with the soft skin of an antelope on his shoulder, which is a sign of freedom from violence. His ears are elongated and he is adorned in radiant earrings. He holds a wish-fulfilling jewel close to his heart, which is a symbol of love and compassion. He can also be seen holding a rosary in one hand, the position of his hands is in vitarka mudra which symbolizes that with Chenrezig, love, and blessing others never ceases flowing. The Thangka is in the classic palette of black and white, which symbolizes peace and serenity. At the bottom are images of Manjushri (Bodhisattva of Infinite Wisdom) and Vajrapani (for Infinite Power) — together all three makes up the Three Great Bodhisattvas.
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