Cundi Thangka is handpainted in cotton canvas by the Thangka artist of Biratnagar, Nepal. Cundi is depicted with eighteen arms, all wielding implements that symbolize skillful means of the Dharma. Her eighteen arms also represent the eighteen merits of attaining Buddhahood, as described in an appendix to the Cundi Dharani Sutra.
Eighteen Arm and its Uniqueness
Each arm represents the deep meaning of enlightenment such as the unflagging zeal to save sentient beings and perfect knowledge of them as past, future, and present.
The Eighteen Arms and its uniqueness are listed below:
- Perfection of body
- Perfection of speech
- Perfection of memory
- The perfection of impartiality to all
- Unceasing desire to salvage sentient beings
- Unflagging zeal to salvage sentient beings
- Unfailing thought to salvage sentient beings
- The unceasing wisdom to salvage sentient beings
- The powers of deliverance
- The principle of the powers of deliverance
- Revealing perfect wisdom indeed
- Revealing perfect wisdom in the word
- Revealing perfect wisdom in thought
- Perfect knowledge of the past
- Perfect knowledge of the future
- Perfect knowledge of the present
Learn more about cundi in our blog post Cundi bodhisattva and her 18 arms.