Our Nepali master artisan created this beautiful masterpiece Avalokiteshvara statue with the jewelry and crown of a bodhisattva. The crown and jewelry has been elaborately decorated with turquoise and red coral stones. Observe the bodhisattva crown embedded with large red coral and turquoise stones. These colored stones have special meaning in Buddhism.
Red is worn by Avalokiteshvara in tribute to Amitabha Buddha. Additionally, Tibetan Buddhists believe that meditation on the color red will transmute the poison of attachment into the sublime wisdom of discernment. The blue lotus flower is a symbol for Nirvana and turquoise is a mixture of blue and green. As a result, blue symbolizes the Buddhas and green represents their readiness to act.
This masterpiece Avalokiteshvara statue has a special luster because it was finished with a special mixture of mortar pure glass and gold. The surface of the statue is flawless and the face is imbued with Avalokiteshvara’s divine complexion. This masterpiece statue of monastic quality will last for many generations and can be passed from one lifetime to the next.
Masterpiece Avalokiteshvara Statue Features
The Avalokiteshvara statues that our Nepali artisans make for the Tibetan monasteries commonly have four arms and single head. As an embodiment of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara is able to hear and see the cries and suffering of all sentient life. Additionally, his four arms will greatly speed up progress and end the cycle of samsara for suffering beings.
Avalokiteshvara has taken a vow to forgo receiving the rewards of enlightenment until the suffering of all sentient life has ceased. His mandate is to fill the gap until the time of the future Buddha. His compassion is so great that he was once reincarnated as a deer and willfully gave his life for a hunter.
The deity sits in a full lotus pose on a single lotus pedestal. Also, known as the “vajra pose” this indicates that Avalokiteshvara sits on a foundation of indestructible virtue. This assumption can be made because vajra is a Sanskrit word that translates as “diamond or thunderbolt” in English.
In his right hand he holds the 108 mala beads at shoulder level. Avalokiteshvara is eternally repeating his mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” and encourages the same dedicated practice from all devotees. Additionally, he is holding the lotus flower in his left hand which symbolizes the transcendence of the murkiness of samsara. Like the lotus, devotees are encouraged to rise out of the sea of suffering and blossom in the pure air. Click here to learn more about the compassionate vow of Avalokiteshvara.