Our Chenrezig Tibetan Thangka Painting is depicted with two of his hands pressed together in front of his chest. In between his hands he is holding the “cintamani” wish fulfilling jewel. The cintamani is perceived by devotees to manifest itself as whatever the devotee is praying for. Additionally, his hands are pressed together in front of his chest to show his deep respect for Amitabha Buddha.
In his upper right hand he is holding the string “108 mala beads ” which is also known as the Buddhist rosary beads. Chenrezig continuously counts them because he is constantly reciting his mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum”. As a result, he is expressing his unwavering compassion for all sentient life.
Furthermore, in his upper left hand he holds a lotus blossom between the index finger and thumb. Additionally, Chenrezig sits in full lotus pose on a single lotus pedestal. Indeed, the lotus flower is very symbolic in Buddhism as it encourages devotees to rise above the murky challenges of samsara and obtain the fruits of Nirvana. Click here to learn more about the rich symbolism of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig).