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Mantra Avalokiteshvara

Mantra Avalokiteshvara

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Tibetan Thangka Painting

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Shadakshari Lokeshvara, the large central figure in this thangka , is an important manifestation of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who is of special significance to the Tibetans; the Dalai Lamas are said to be incarnations of this form of the bodhisattva.

Shadakshari means six syllabled, the six syllables are om mani padme hum and constitute the famous mantra of this bodhisattva that is constantly chanted by devout Tibetans. The mantra is considered so efficacious that it has been carved on numerous rock faces throughout Tibet. Here the syllables making up this mantra can be seen emanating from the central figure of Lokeshvara himself, and rising up to finally dominate the upper panel of the painting.

Although bejeweled and crowned, the bodhisattva is represented as a perfectly poised yogi seated with his legs closely locked in the lotus posture. His eyes are downcast, as if in meditation.

An antelope skin is over his left shoulder, with the antelope's head on his left breast.

He has four hands. The principal hands are raised to the chest with the palms enjoined in namaskarmudra, the gesture of prayer or greeting, and hold a wish-fulfilling gem. The upper right hand displays the rosary, while the corresponding left hand holds the lotus, the distinctive emblem of this bodhisattva.

A beautifully proportioned figure, the facial features, as well as the fingers, are delicately rendered.

Below the main central figure are shown Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom, and Mahakala, the wrathful aspect of Avalokiteshvara.

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