Our oxidized copper Chenrezig statue is the Tibetan incarnation of Avalokitesvara. Vajrayana Buddhists believe that the foremost virtue of compassion is a masculine attribute. Therefore, Chenrezig has masculine features. However, this is subjective and some countries perceive compassion as a feminine quality. Nonetheless, our Chenrezig statue hears and sees the suffering in the world. Chenrezig has chosen to forego becoming a Buddha until the suffering of all sentient life has ceased.
Our Chenrezig statue is featured with 4 arms and he wears the crown and jewels of a Bodhisattva. Additionally, he holds the mala beads in his upper right hand because he is constantly reciting his mantra to ease the suffering of the world. In his upper left hand he holds the stem of the lotus flower between his index finger and thumb. In Buddhism, the lotus flower is a symbol of enlightenment. As the flower rises out of the murky water to blossom in the fresh air and sunshine, so does a devotee who has passed through the sea of suffering to become enlightened.
Chenrezig sits in double lotus pose on a single lotus pedestal. The rich and lustrous oxidized copper mixes well with the fine details of the statue. An additional attribute of the Chenrezig statue is the cintamani jewel between his pressed hands. Chenrezig’s devotees believe that the cintamani will grant them whatever they wish for. Click here to learn more about Avalokiteshvara statues.
Additionally, Chenrezig wears the ushnisha topknot and also features the depiction of Amitabha Buddha adorns the top. This is a true testament to the intimate affiliation between Amitabha Buddha and Avalokitesvara.