Traditional Manjushree with Pancha Buddha is hand-painted on cotton canvas by a Thangka artist from Nepal. Manjushree is embodied as enlightened wisdom. He confers mastery of the Dharma, wisdom, and eloquence and teaches the path of a bodhisattva in the Mahayana tradition. Manjushree is the Bodhisattva who holds the flaming sword of enlightenment.
Manjushree is presented at the center of the thangka. Vajrapani is presented at the right down of the Manjushree in the thangka. Chenrezig is presented at the left down of the Manjushree in the thangka. Pancha Buddha is presented at the top of the Manjushree in the thangka.
Iconography of Manjushree
Manjushree is presented at the center of the painting. Manjushree is the Bodhisattva who holds the flaming sword of enlightenment, in his left hand in a warning hand gesture in the left hand representing his realization of wisdom to cut through ignorance & wrong view. His right hand depicted in teaching holds the stem of a Blue Lotus flower upon which rests the Book (Pustaka) of Perfection of Transcendental Wisdom.
The Manjushree mantra is Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih.
Iconography of Vajrapani
Vajrapani is presented at the right down of the Manjushree in the thangka. Vajrapaṇi is one of the earliest bodhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism. He is the protector and guide of the Buddha and rose to symbolize the Buddha’s power.
Vajrapani is pictured dancing wildly within a halo of flames which represents transformation. He holds a vajra (thunderbolt) in his right hand which emphasizes the power to cut through the darkness of delusion. Vajrapani looks wrathful, but as a representation of the enlightened mind. He is completely free from hatred.
The Vajrapani mantra is om vajrapani hum phat.
Iconography of Chenrezig
Chenrezig is presented at the left down of the Manjushree in the thangka. 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.
The Chenrezig mantra is Om Mani Padme Hum.
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