Chenrezig may be the most popular of all Buddhist deities, except for Lord Buddha himself, he is beloved throughout the Buddhist world. He is known by different names in different lands: as Avalokiteshvara in the ancient Sanskrit language of India, as Kuan Yin in China, as Kannon in Japan. Chenrezig is his name in the Tibetan language.
As Chenrezig, he is considered the patron Bodhisattva of Tibet and his meditation is practiced in all the great lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Some of the most respected meditation masters (lamas), like the Dalai Lamas and Karmapas, who are considered living Buddhas, are also believed to be emanations of Chenrezig.
In this form at his heart he holds a jewel, a symbol of universal love and compassion, symbolizing that in whatever way he manifests to benefit beings, the quality of Chenrezig's mind is never separate from the all pervasive state of primordial wisdom.
In his outer right hand, Chenrezig is holding beads, moving them in the way one uses a mala to count mantras. This symbolizes that there is not one moment when Chenrezig does not benefit beings. Like the steady movement of counting the beads, Chenrezig is continuously benefiting sentient beings and turning the wheel of enlightened activity. In the outer left hand, Chenrezig holds a lotus flower. This symbolizes that Chenrezig, actively benefiting others, manifests with wisdom in whatever forms are necessary in accordance with the mental capacities, circumstances, and aptitudes of each sentient being.
His mantra is "Om Mani Padme Hum" which translates to "the jewel is in the lotus" signifying the indivisibility of compassion and wisdom.
This beautiful sculpture is hand crafted by the very talented artists of the beautiful Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.