Our handmade Manjushri statue is depicted in classic pose wielding the sword of wisdom over his right shoulder. However, it is important to note that this represents the gentle annihilation of ignorance and duality. Insight wisdom is a very important concept in Buddhist beliefs. Therefore, it is elaborated on in great detail in many of the Buddhist texts.
Handmade Manjushri Statue Origin
One very important text is called the Prajnaparamita Sutra in which we can find the origins of our handmade Manjushri statue. The Prajnaparamita took seven centuries to compose beginning in the first century ACE. As a result, the classic depiction of a Manjushri sculpture includes a blossoming lotus flower growing over his left shoulder. Inside the lotus we can see a copy of the Prajnaparamita resting.
Additionally, it seems fitting that Manjushri is depicted displaying the Abhaya mudra with his left hand. This mudra is also known as the fearlessness or protection mudra. Although it encourages devotees to seek refuge in wisdom and virtue, not brute strength.
Another important symbol on our antique Manjushri statue which venerates the use of wisdom is the third eye that is depicted between his brows. This symbolism portrays the ability of Manjushri to see into a divine world. However, this world is not readily accessible to worldlings and other unenlightened beings. It will take many lifetimes of devoted practice to obtain enough insight wisdom to see into this world.
Manjushri also has a pure land called “Vimala” which is located in the Far East. However, it has not yet met it’s anticipated potential because Manjushri still remains a Bodhisattva. Although when he becomes a fully fledged Buddha, Vimala is expected to be one of the best pure lands. Click here to learn more about Manjushri.