This 108 Chenrezig Tibetan Thangka depicts the Tibetan Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig). On account of cultural variations, Chenrezig is given a unique name and form in Tibet. Additionally, his 4 arms represent the four immeasurables – compassion, loving kindness, equanimity and appreciative joy.
Every arm and hand of our 108 Chenrezig Tibetan Thangka is also rich with symbolism. His upper left hand holds the stem of a lotus flower between the thumb and index finger. As such, devotees are reminded to strive in their practice to achieve Nirvana. The lotus grows from the muddy pond bottom through the murky water to blossom in the clean air and sunshine. In comparison, devotees can rise above the sea of suffering to experience enlightenment.
Additionally, in his upper right hand Chenrezig holds the 108 crystal mala beads between the thumb and index finger. This is because Chenrezig is constantly reciting his mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum”. This mantra translates as “Hail to the jewel of the lotus” in English and it will liberate beings from suffering.
The 108 Chenrezig Tibetan Thangka is named for the 108 mantra recitations represented by the 108 mala beads. As a result, there are 108 Chenrezig depictions on the thangka, including the centerpiece. Furthermore, each depiction of Chenrezig is fully adorned in the crown and jewels of a bodhisattva and he sits in full lotus pose. Click here to learn more about Chenrezig.