4 hands Avalokiteshvara
Chaturbhuja Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan: chen re zi, chag
shi pa, English: the Four Handed Lord Gazing Downward): the bodhisattva
of compassion and the patron deity of Tibet.
Peaceful in appearance, white in colour (gold filled),
he gazes forward with a beautiful countenance. The black hair is
piled on the top of the head with some falling loose across the
shoulders. The first pair of hands placed at the heart holds a precious
wishing jewel. The first left upraised at the side holds a mala
of prayer beads. The left also upraised holds a lotus blossom delicately
between the fingers. Adorned with a crown of gold and jewels, earrings,
necklaces, bracelets and anklets, he wears a krishnasara deerskin
across the left shoulder. With a silk scarf wrapped about the shoulders,
the lower body is attired in a silk skirt. The legs are folded in
vajra posture atop a moon disc and multi-coloured lotus seat surrounded
by a large red nimbus and orange areola of radiant light. Pink lotus
flowers and green foliage appears to adorn the edges. The ground
in front is strewn with heaps of wishing gems, gold ornaments, elephant
tusks, cymbals, a shell with scented water, lamp and flower vase.
The exalted Avalokiteshvara is the arising, in divine
form, of the compassionate aspect of all buddhas. He is renowned
as the deity of compassion-of supreme love for all beings that is
never biased. He has the capacity to bring happiness to the minds
of all who hear his name; for example, just as mother would do for
her child; he releases from their sufferings those who are miserable
and enmeshed in various kinds of pain as a result of having committed
such negative actions as killing others.
At the top center is Amitayus Buddha.
NO. AVF002 Trinity:
Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani
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