Hand Made Nepali Chenrezig Statue
Our hand made Chenrezig statue is inseparable from Avalokitesvara the “bodhisattva of compassion”. This is because 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 can be seen 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, four arms will greatly speed up progress and end the cycle of samsara for many sentient beings.
Chenrezig Statue Features
Our Chenrezig statue is elaborately decorated with the crown and jewels of a bodhisattva. 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 the Chenrezig statue 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 right hand he holds the mala beads at shoulder level. Chenrezig is eternally repeating his mantra and encourages the same dedicated practice from all devotees. Additionally, he is holding the lotus flower in his right 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. Indeed, Nirvana is the reward of unshakable dedication to meditation and the “Ariya Magga” – noble path.