Buddhist statue bronze and copper bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, Guan Yin, Chenrezi version thousand arms.
Height of 35cm
The bronze used is called purple bronze. It is a high-quality bronze, holding its characteristic color to a high copper content.
The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Hindi अवलोकितेश्वर Avalokiteśvara "lord who observes from above", Chinese 觀世音 Guānshìyīn or 觀音 Guānyīn, Shanghainese Kueu(sy)'in, Korean Gwanseeum 관세음, Japanese 観音 Kan'non, Tibetan Chenrezig, Vietnamese Quán Thế Âm, Indonesian Kwan Im, Khmer លោកេស្វរ Lokesvara), is arguably the most revered and popular great bodhisattva among buddhists of the Great Vehicle. It is also used as yidam (tutelary deity) in tantric meditations.
Protean and syncretic Bodhisattva (it can represent all other bodhisattva), embodying the ultimate compassion, it can be feminine in China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam, in the form of Guan Yin.
He is considered the protector of Tibet where King Songtsen Gampo and later the Dalai Lamas are seen as his offsmen. This is also the case for other tulkou such as the karmapa. Also called Padmapāṇi or Maṇipadmā, it is invoked by the famous mantra Om̐ Maṇipadme hūm (ॐ मणिपद्मेहूम्).
Chenrézi is the bodhisattva of love and compassion. The pudja of Chenrézi aims to develop friendship full of love and compassion for all living beings without distinction. Chenrézi manifests itself in different forms: the Chenrézi with 10 heads and 1000 arms of compassion is the best known: he promised his spiritual father, the Buddha Amitabha, to expend all his energy to free all living beings and not to rest until all living beings are delivered from their suffering. If he were ever to doubt his mission, 'may then my head fragment into ten and my body into 1000'. When, after meditating deeply and constantly reciting the Mantra of the Mani, he saw that the ocean of suffering had still not emptied, then he fell into deep despair and broke his head in 10 and his body in 1000. The six-syllable mantra OM MANI PEME HOENG is the best known mantra of Tibetan Buddhism.
According to Tibetan Buddhism, reciting the mantra of Chenrezi Om Mani Padme Hum, aloud or inwardly, is an invocation to the benevolent and powerful attention of Chenrezig, the expression of the Buddha's compassion. The fact of seeing the mantra written can have the same effect, that is why it is found in clearly visible places, or even engraved in stone. It can also be invoked using prayer mills on which the mantra is inscribed, sometimes thousands of times. There are different formats of prayer mills: there are those that you can carry with you and rotate with one hand, and there are others that are so large and heavy that it takes several people to turn them. According to Tibetan Buddhist monks, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum (Hung) alone brings together all the buddha's teachings.
Each syllable closes a door of reincarnation:
OM: Closes the door to the world of the Devas (gods). MA: Close the door to the world of the asuras (demigods). NI: Closes the door to the world of humans. PAD: Closes the door to the world of animals. ME: Closes the door to the world of pretas ("greedy spirits"). HUNG: Closes the door to hell.
Each syllable purifies a veil:
OM: purifies the veil of the body. MA: purifies the veil of speech. NI: purifies the veil of the mind. PAD: purifies the veil of contradictory emotions. ME: purifies the veil of substantial existence. HUNG: purifies the veil that covers knowledge.
Each syllable is a mantra in itself:
OM: for the body of the Buddhas. MA: for the word of the Buddhas. NI: for the spirit of the Buddhas. PAD: for the virtues of the Buddhas. ME: for the achievements of the Buddhas. HUNG: for the grace of the body, speech, spirit, virtue and all the achievements of the Buddhas.
Each syllable corresponds to one of six transcendental paradigms or refinements:
OM: generosity. MA: ethics. NI: The tolerance. PAD: perseverance. ME: concentration. HUNG: discernment.
Each syllable is also connected to a Buddha:
OM: Ratnasambhava. MA: Amaoghasiddi. NI: Vajradhara PAD: Vairocana. ME: Amitabha. HUNG: Akshobya.
Each syllable of the mantra purifies us of a defect:
OM: pride. MA: the desire / desire to have fun. NI: passionate desire. PAD: stupidity / prejudice. ME: poverty / possessiveness. HUNG: aggressiveness / hatred.
Finally, each syllable corresponds to one of the six wisdoms:
OM: the wisdom of stability. MA: the all-fulfilling wisdom NI: wisdom emanates from oneself PAD: the all-embracing wisdom (dharma) ME: the discriminating wisdom HUNG: the wisdom like a mirror.
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