Chenrezig (Skt.: Avalokiteshvara)
The Bodhisattva of Compassion
This detailed drawing shows the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion, who is seen as the protector deity of Tibet. His name in Sanskrit is Avalokiteshvara, ‘The One with an Unwavering Eye’.
Chenrezig is the Bodhisattva of Compassion and Protector of Tibet. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is seen by Tibetan Buddhists as the earthly incarnation of this compassion Buddha.
As these special beings can appear in any shape or form in order to help the best they can, there’s not only this four-armed form, but there’s a Thousand-Armed form of Chenrezig as well, as well as wrathful forms.
The Three Great Bodhisattvas
He is often depicted together with Vajrapani and Manjushri (Buddha of Wisdom), these being The 3 Great Bodhisattvas:
Chenrezig teaches us the lesson that the road to the end of our suffering is not one that runs away from our personal problems (as most of us do), but it is rather working through them with compassion for yourself and others, and embracing all sentiens beings with the compassion and love of our heart.
Copyright: © Carmen Mensink 2000
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