This thangka depicts 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 too, which works well with his other name for Avalokiteshvara (The One who hears the Cries of the World). He holds a jewel close to his heart, which is a symbol of love and compassion. He can also be seen holding beads in one hand, the position of his hands is akin to how one would use a mala to count mantras, this symbolizes that with Chenrezig, love, and blessing others never ceases flowing. In his upper hand is an akshamala or rosary which symbolizes the never-ending cycle of time. On another hand, he holds a lotus flower which signifies his desire to always free sentient beings from a murky world. In his Mantra, Om Mani Padme Hung which means the jewel is in the lotus, it is a reminder of the indivisibility of wisdom with compassion. The Thangka is in the classic palette of black and white, which symbolizes peace and serenity. At the bottom are images of Manjushirt (Bodhisattva of Infinite Wisdom) and Vajrapani (for Infinite Power)—all three makes up the Three Great Bodhisattvas.
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