Chenrezig is the Tibetan embodiment of Avalokitesvara. The embodiments of Avalokitesvara are the most awe inspiring to everyone who appreciates Buddhist sculpture. This is because our Chenrezig Buddha statue is a multi-armed depiction.
The origin of our Chenrezig Buddha statues many limbs is well known in Buddhist folklore. Chenrezig had made a vow to forgo enlightenment until all of sentient life could become enlightened. As a result, Chenrezig imploded into many pieces. Although the pieces were put back in place there were a few changes made. Therefore, in order to work faster and more efficiently Chenrezig was given multiple arms.
Chenrezig Buddha Statue Features
Tibetan Buddhists are well known for their optimistic perspective. To reflect this optimism in the sculpture, Chenrezig is seen holding the “citamani jewel” clasped between his hands in front of his heart. The citamani is a special jewel of enlightenment that Tibetan Buddhists believe will manifest itself as whatever it is they are wishing for!
In his other two hands our Chenrezig Buddha statue holds the mala beads and also the stem of a lotus flower. The lotus flower is very significant in Buddhism. This flower represents the ability of the virtuous to rise above the sea of suffering to bloom above the water in the pure air.
Additionally, our Chenrezig Buddha statue is depicted with blue hair. This unique feature can be seen in the back of the statue. Blue is also very significant to Tibetan Buddhists. By meditating on the color blue, it is believed that ill will and aversion can be turned into wisdom.