Our masterpiece Chenrezig statue is inseparable from Avalokitesvara the “Bodhisattva of Compassion”. As Buddhism evolved out of India, iconic Buddhist figures met with different interpretations. As a result, when Buddhism was embraced in Tibet Avalokitesvara became Chenrezig.
Although Avalokitesvara is also depicted with 1000 arms and eleven heads, this is not always the case. In fact, the Chenrezig statues that our Nepali artisans make for the Tibetan monasteries commonly have four arms and single head. However, Chenrezig is still able to hear and see the cries and suffering of sentient life. Additionally, his four arms will greatly speed up progress and end the cycle of samsara for suffering beings.
Chenrezig Statue Features
Our Chenrezig statue is elaborately decorated with the crown and jewels of a Bodhisattva. Please note that his Bodhisattva crown, jewelry and robe are adorned with turquoise and coral stones. Additionally, the statue features a three tiered Ushnisha topknot behind the crown.
Devotees will be inspired because Chenrezig is depicted holding the “citamani” jewel clasped between his hands in front of his chest. This special attribute is believed by Tibetan Buddhists to appear in whatever form they are wishing for.
The deity sits in a full lotus pose on a single lotus pedestal. Also, known as the “vajra pose” this indicates that Chenrezig sits on a foundation of indestructible virtue. This assumption can be made because vajra is a Sanskrit word that translates as “diamond or thunderbolt” in English.
In his upper right hand he holds the mala beads at shoulder level. Chenrezig is eternally repeating his mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” and encourages the same dedicated practice from all devotees. Additionally, he is holding the lotus flower in his upper left hand which symbolizes the transcendence of the murkiness of samsara. Like the lotus flower, devotees are encouraged to rise out of the sea of suffering and blossom in the pure air. Click here to learn more about the symbolism of Avalokitesvara statues.