Our partly gold gilded Chenrezig statue was handmade using the traditional lost wax method. The lost wax method has been used for many centuries to create the best statues in the world. As a result, our handmade statues and ritual items are the preferred source of the Tibetan monasteries. Additionally, the face of the statue is hand painted and provides life like facial expression. Therefore, when combined, the face painting and hand carved details make this one of the best Chenrezig statues available.
Special Meaning of This Chenrezig Statue
Buddhism was founded in India and has become one of the world’s most highly venerated religions. However, as Buddhist beliefs spread to the East certain adaptations were made to suit different cultures. As a result, the identity of the Tibetan Avalokiteshvara was modified when Buddhism arrived in Tibet. The result was the bodhisattva became known as Chenrezig. Our sculpture features four arms, each holding a special symbol – a lotus flower grows over the left shoulder of the statue. Indeed, Chenrezig is also known as “Padmapani” which means “lotus holder”.
Our Chenrezig statue is holding the mala beads in his upper right hand. This is because he is constantly reciting mantras to relieve the suffering of sentient life. Additionally, our Chenrezig statue is pressing the “cintamani jewel” between two of his hands in front of his chest. This special jewel is believed by both Hindus and Buddhist to grant wishes. Therefore, this is a special symbol and it is highly auspicious to have a Chenrezig statue depicted with the cintamani jewel. Click here to learn more about Avalokiteshvara.