Chenrezig is believed to embody the collective wisdom of all the buddhas and their compassionate nature. He is one of the Eight Great Close Sons, usually depicted as white and carrying a lotus.
Chenrezig is the focal point of the thangka, with Vajrapani and Manjushri on either side at the bottom, and Amitabha Buddha at the top above Chenrezig.
|550 Grams – 1.21 lbs
|69*95 cm (27*37 inch)
|Cotton Canvas & Natural Color
Iconography of Chenrezig
Chenrezig is presented at the center of the painting. Chenrezig Tibetan Art is visualized in many forms with various numbers of faces and arms, and various colors and ornaments. He sits on a lotus and the flat disc of the moon with another moon disk behind him, reflecting his total purity.
Two of his four arms are joined in the prayer position holding the wish-fulfilling gem. In his other left hand, he holds a lotus flower and in his other right hand, there is a crystal mala which he is using to count the repetitions of his mantra.
Mantra of Chenrezig
The Mantra of Chenrezig is Om Mani Padme Hum.
Iconography of Manjushri
Manjushri is featured at the lower left corner of the Chenrezig thangka. He is holding a flaming sword in his left hand, symbolizing his enlightenment and the ability to cut through ignorance and false views. His right hand is in a teaching gesture, holding the stem of a blue lotus flower with the Book of Perfection of Transcendental Wisdom resting on top.
Mantra of Manjushri
The mantra of Manjushri is Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih.
Iconography of Vajrapani
Vajrapani is depicted at the lower right corner of the Chenrezig in the thangka. He is one of the earliest bodhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism and is seen as a protector and guide of the Buddha, signifying the Buddha’s strength.
Vajrapani is depicted as dancing energetically within a ring of fire, symbolizing transformation. He grasps a vajra (thunderbolt) in his right hand to signify the power to break through confusion. His expression appears fierce, but it is actually an indication of his enlightened state of being, free from any feelings of animosity.
Mantra of Vajrapani
The mantra of Vajrapani is om vajrapani hum phat.
Iconography of Amitabha Buddha
Amitabha Buddha is presented at the top of Chenrezig in the thangka. Amitabha Buddha is the leader of the Lotus Family, one of the oldest and most important of the Five Buddha Families, which symbolizes love, purity, compassion, and peace. Amitabha’s Pureland is a paradise of everlasting joy and infinite radiance.
Amitabha Buddha is one of the five Tathagatas, each representing the wisdom of discriminating awareness. He is depicted as red in color and is usually seen in stupas facing the west. He is also associated with a peacock, symbolizing his ability to take away the suffering of others despite being exposed to poisonous plants, just like the peacock’s tail shines forth.
Mantra of Amitabha Buddha
The mantra of Amitabha Buddha is Om Ami dewa hr.