Our Chenrezig Tibetan Thangka painting is a delightful depiction of the most venerable Bodhisattva. Tibetan Buddhists believe that Avalokitesvara has taken on a unique embodiment on the Tibetan Plateau. Therefore, the venerable Bodhisattva of Compassion has become known as Chenrezig and he has 4 arms to symbolize immeasurable compassion, loving kindness, equanimity and appreciative joy.
Chenrezig holds the stem of the uptala flower (blue lotus) between the thumb and index finger of his upper left hand. Therefore, devotees can reflect on the universal Buddhist symbol of enlightenment when they view this thangka. Additionally, Chenrezig is holding the crystal mala beads in his upper right hand. This is because he is constantly reciting his mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum”. This means “Hail to the jewel of the lotus” and if devotees believe in it, the recitations of Chenrezig will give them many blessings. Click here to learn more about the Avalokiteshvara mantra.
However, our Chenrezig Tibetan Thangka painting also has been embellished with many other Bodhisattvas. In the top right corner is Green Tara, in the top left is White Tara. Additionally, in the bottom left is Manjushri and in the bottom right is Vajrapani. On the top center of the Thangka is Amitabha Buddha. Indeed, Avalokitesvara has always had a strong affiliation with Amitabha, Vajrapani and Manjushri.
Last but not least, our Chenrezig Tibetan Thangka painting depicts Chenrezig clasping the cintamani jewel between his hands pressed in front of his heart. Devotees believe that the cintamani jewel will grant a noble practitioner whatever they wish for.