Our Manjushri statue wields the sword of wisdom over his right shoulder. This is a special sword that will turn the darkness of ignorance into light. However, it signifies the gentle annihilation of ignorance and delusion using wisdom and skillful means. Indeed, Manjushri originated in the Mahayana Buddhist text called the Prajnaparamita Sutra. The Sanskrit word “prajna” means wisdom and “paramita” stands for perfection. As a result, the sword also known as “perfected wisdom”.
To pay respect to the Prajnaparamita Sutra a copy of the text rests inside the lotus blossom that is blooming over his left shoulder. Additionally, he holds the stem of the lotus flower in his left hand. The hand is also depicting the “Abhaya mudra” also known as the protection mudra. This is because followers of the Dharma have nothing to fear as long as they use wisdom to confront all obstacles to the path.
This Manjushri statue sits in double lotus pose on a single lotus pedestal. This seated position is also known as the vajra pose. Vajra is a Sanskrit word that means lightening bolt or diamond. The meaning is significant and it represents impenetrable wisdom.