Four armed Avalokitesvara Applique Thangka
Thangka with brocade border 36 x 28 inches (91 x 71cm)
Thangka without brocade border 18 x 14 inches (46 x 36cm)
Please inquire if you wish to order without the brocade border.
Avalokiteshvara is the embodiment of the compassion of all beings – both the enlightened and those striving for enlightenment. Compassion is fundamental to developing bodhicitta, or the awakening mind, which is the foundation of the Mahayana vehicle, and so Avalokiteshvara is often regarded as the most important deity in the Mahayana pantheon. The Dalai Lama is thought to be an earthly manifestation of Avalokiteshvara.
Two forms of Avalokiteshvara are most popularly portrayed in the Tibetan tradition – a thousand-armed, and a four-armed. He is depicted here in his more peaceful, white-hued, four-armed form, seated upon a great lotus flower. The white rosary in his right hand represents his aspiration to liberate all beings from ignorance and rebirth, while the lotus in his left signifies his transition from a mind contaminated by ignorance to one of perfect Buddhahood. His two folded hands represent his power to gather the requisite conditions through which his compassionate intentions will be fulfilled. He is often depicted in a triad with Manjushri and Vajrapani known as Rigsum Gonpo, symbolizing the qualities necessary for enlightenment – compassion, wisdom and power.
Each thangka is created using traditional methods and strictly adhering to the proportions of deities as they are laid down in Buddhist scripture. Our appliqu̩éd thangkas are created using hundreds of hand-cut and embroidered pieces of satin and brocade silk, stitched together with Mongolian horsetail. Each piece is witness to a unique tradition that survives intact to this day.
The thangka comes framed in a traditional silk brocade border.
Learn more about thangka appliqué at Norbulingka here.