At the center, Chenrezig sits on a pink lotus, which does not only symbolize purity, but also the lotus family which has the power to make the impure mind pure. He is depicted with four arms, two of which are in a prayer position with a wish-granting gem in between each palm. Another hand on the left is holding a blue lotus, an utpala, which represents enlightenment. The remaining hand holds a rosary, also used to count repetitions of invoking his mantra, the Om Mani Padme Hum, said to free those who invoke it from suffering. He is clothed in the robes of a bodhisattva. The painting heavily used gold, which symbolizes the brightness brought by enlightenment. It stands out against the black backdrop the represents darkness from ignorance. On the sides of the thangka are the four dignities: Garuda (for wisdom), the Dragon (power) the Snow Lion (joy), and the Tiger (for confidence).
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