We have just received this absolutely beautiful Avalokiteshvara statue, known as the Bodhisattva of Compassion. This is a one of a kind masterpiece hand crafted by a Newari artisan in the small town of Patan, Nepal.
In Buddhist legend, the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara vowed to liberate all sentient beings from suffering but when he realized the magnitude of his task, his head exploded into countless pieces. His body was then reassembled by the Buddha Amitabha and the Bodhisattva Vajrapani into this omniscient form of Avalokiteshvara, with eleven heads and a thousand arms. Avalokiteshvara’s multiple tiers of heads are crowned by the fierce blue face of Vajrapani and the red face of Amitabha, symbols of uncompromising compassion and the boundless light of the awakened mind.
“Try to develop a good heart, a warm heart, a compassionate heart,” the Dalai Lama urges. “This is very important for society as well as for one’s own health and piece of mind. To reject belief in formal institutionalized religion is perfectly all right, but to reject a good heart is destructive to oneself and others.” Public Address, 1997 by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama