This thangka is dedicated to Shadakshari Lokeshvar, a manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion and wisdom. He is known in various names including Chenrezig in Tibet and to Guanyin in China. Avalokiteshvara is usually depicted with four hands, each of which is either holding a significant object or pose. His upper right hand is holding a prayer bead (symbol for counting prayer cycles). On his upper left hand is a lotus (symbol for purity and enlightenment). Meanwhile, the rest of his hands are in prayer position with wish-granting jewel held to his heart (which symbolizes the aspiration to achieve enlightenment). He is decked in opulent robes, with an antelope skin on his shoulder and chest, jewels, and a crown. He is seated in a lotus position on a multi-colored lotus throne.
Shadashkari or “six-syllables” represent the om mani padme hum mantra. This mantra is associated with Avalokiteshvara and is invoked by believers. Each of these syllables is presented in colorful circles right above his head. The Om is the most sacred sound in Indian religions. In Buddhism, it is recited to represent the pure body and mind of the Buddha. Mani means jewel and its power in the material world to alleviate poverty is like the power of the mind to also remove difficulties of living and the cyclic life. Padme means lotus that symbolizes wisdom and purity and non-contradiction. Lastly, hum means indivisibility, unity of all, and the wisdom that purifies even hatred. Below are two other deities, Manjushri and Vajrapani, who make up the Three Great Protectors with Avalokiteshvara. Manjushri, who wields a flaming sword that cuts ignorance and the Book of Wisdom, is depicted on the lower left. Meanwhile, Vajrapani is opposite him to the right, who is also a wrathful deity who has the power of Buddhas. He is depicted holding a vajra weapon, hence his name.
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Tibetan Thangka PaintingSize of Painted Surface 19.0 inch X 26.0 inch
Size with Brocade 27.0 inch X 41.0 inch
Item Code: TX71
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