Our original hand painted Tibetan Thangka features 24k gold detailing. As a result, the Tibetan embodiment of compassion is depicted in divine form. Tibetan Buddhists believe that Chenrezig is the incarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Therefore, Chenrezig is endowed with an infinite amount of compassion. So much so, that Chenrezig would even lay down one of his lifetimes out of love for an enemy. Surely, this displays the apex of compassion.
Additionally, Chenrezig’s 4 arms are metaphors for each of the 4 immeasurables. The 4 being immeasurable loving kindness, immeasurable appreciative joy, immeasurable compassion and immeasurable equanimity. Between the two hands clasped in front of his chest he holds the wish fulfilling cintamani jewel of enlightenment. In his upper right hand, he holds the mala beads because he is infinitely reciting his mantra, “Om Mani Padme Hum”.
His mantra is in honor of the sacred lotus flower that represents enlightenment to Buddhists. A lotus flower begins it’s existence as a seed at the bottom of a murky pond. A simile is drawn between the murky pond and the sea which comprises the suffering of sentient beings. As a result, our Chenrezig Tibetan Thangka encourages devotees to rise above the murky waters and blossom in the clean air of enlightenment. This is further illuminated by the beautiful lotus flower which he holds by the stem in his upper left hand.