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Salvation: Images of the Buddhist Deity of Compassion, a showcase of sculptural images of the deity Avalokiteshvara and a curtain-raiser for the fall exhibition of Buddhist meditational art.
It is this exact fear, perhaps, that has led the Dalai Lama to recently intimate that he might declare himself the last Dalai to be the reincarnation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion, a 607-year-old lineage; subsequent Dalai Lamas could then be elected by a gathering of the highest monks living in exile in India choosing one of their number.
245) points out that "as a lord of mountains, Avalokiteshvara is sometimes represented with five heads, in which case he resembles Shiva as Pancha-anana.
Titled after an imaginary bird in turn deriving its name from Avalokiteshvara, one of the Bodhisattvas, or enlightened ones, of Buddhism, the novel is structured around the Latin palindrome SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS, which can mean both "The farmer carefully maintains his plow in the furrows" and "The plowman carefully sustains the world in its orbit.
The cult of Bodhisatva Avalokiteshvara was widespread in Southeast Asia and his role as a protector of all beings against perils and pitfalls led to an unparalleled popularity of this bodhisatva.
Perhaps of wider appeal will be the massive gilt-bronze figure of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.
On its way, the group also visited holy sites of Chakrasamvara, Avalokiteshvara, Guru Padmasambhava and one of the sites of the great Drukpa master, Naropa.
The incessant "dorkys" and ubiquitous "mans" that baffled critics relate to Padmasambhava and Avalokiteshvara.
In the context represented by this painting, the Great God is considered an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, as can be recognized by the red ground used for deities and personages associated with the western direction and the presence of Buddha Amitabha, whose colour is red, and who is depicted at the top centre.
Outstanding sculpture was not confined to Western art--Rossi & Rossi's stand, for instance, presented not only the Tibetan bronze of the 11-headed Avalokiteshvara, illustrated in our preview last issue (c.
On its way, the group will visit holy sites of Chakrasamvara, Avalokiteshvara, Guru Padmasambhava and one of the sites of the great Drukpa master, Naropa.
The former is the feminine vocative of the word padma, the lotus, as it appears in the sadhana "om mani padme hum" related to the Bodhisatva Avalokiteshvara, but actually addressing his female coefficient, the goddess Tara, according to a tantric interpretation of those two originally Mahayana figures.
With 11 towering heads and a fan of arms, the statue represents the cosmic form of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.
The discussion on Buddhist images by Johne falls into the following sections: the historical Buddha and the transcendent Buddhas, the Bodhisatvas Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri, the male divinities Heruka, Vajrasattva, Bhaishajyaguru and Jambhala, and the female deities Tara, Pancharakshas, Chunda, Parnashavari and Marichi.
NP: We're now standing in front of the Tibetan eleven-headed Avalokiteshvara [Fig.
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