Tibetan Chenrezigtraditional thangka is handpainted on cotton canvas by Thangka artist from Nepal. Chenrezig embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. This bodhisattva is variably portrayed in different cultures as either male or female.
Chenrezig is depicted at the center of the thangka. Chenrezig is known as Avalokiteshvara.
Iconography of Chenrezig
Chenrezig is the lord gifted with complete enlightenment who refrains from entering the blissful state of nirvana to remain here below and save the living being of the earth. Chenrezig is evoked 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 the left hand, he holds a lotus flower. In his right hand, he holds a crystal mala (rosary) which he is using to count the repetitions of his mantra
He wears the silks and ornaments of a Bodhisattva representing all his special qualities and the soft skin of an antelope over his shoulder. He is symbolizing his complete freedom from violence. He smiles with deep understanding, love, and compassion as his eyes look upon all beings.
Mantra of Chenrezig
The Mantra of Chenrezig is Om Mani Padme Hum.