Our 1000 armed Avalokiteshvara sculpture is the most dramatic form of Avalokiteshvara. Indeed, our handmade sculpture is a classic depiction of the special embodiment that Amitabha derived for him. His two principle hands are pressed together in reverence to his teacher Amitabha Buddha. The other 5 principle hands are holding tools and the final principal hand is depicting the Varada “gift giving” mudra. Finally, two of his heads are dedicated to Vajrapani (wrathful) and Amitabha Buddha.
This 1000 armed Avalokiteshvara sculpture was handmade using the traditional lost wax sculpting method. The lost wax method has been passed down for many generations and it is the primary method used for Nepali sculptures. As a result of the high quality, Nepali sculpture has been the preferred source of the Tibetan monasteries for many centuries. Therefore, the buyer of this sculpture can rest assured they have procured a monastic quality 1000 armed Avalokiteshvara.
1000 Armed Avalokiteshvara Story
Avalokiteshvara is known as the “Bodhisattva of Compassion” because he vowed to forego Buddhahood until the suffering of all sentient life was eliminated. Some time after taking his most compassionate vow, he realized the enormity of the task and came under unbearable pressure. As a result, he exploded into thousands of pieces.
Fortunately, Amitabha Buddha appeared to put him back together again. Additionally, Amitabha chose to make a few modifications in order to enable Avalokiteshvara to work faster. As such, Avalokiteshvara received 1000 arms and 11 heads. The arms are for working and the 11 heads will enable him to better see and hear the suffering of the world. Click here to learn more about the Avalokiteshvara bodhisattva