Avalokiteshvara Fine Quality Statue

Himalayas ShopSKU: Avalokiteshvara_9

Weight: 2.00 kg
Price:
Sale price$350.00

Description

  • 100 % Hand Made medium size Standing Avalokiteshvara copper statue
  • A nicely casted Tara Statue from Nepal. The statue was typically cast in multiple section with arms attached to the main part.
  • They are being casted from best quality metals from Nepal, filled and sealed by expert local artisans.
  • Size : 9 inch
  • Weight: 0.55 kg 

This sculpture was individually handcrafted in Patan, Nepal by master artisans of the Shakya clan who are considered among the best in the world. These craftsmen are the modern heirs to a centuries-old tradition of creating sacred art for use in temples and monasteries. The fine metalworking techniques have been passed down from generation to generation since ancient times.

Mahayana practices make a special point of grounding compassion in the wish that all beings be free from suffering. But suffering takes many forms, and many resources are needed to combat it. The task can seem overwhelming for us mortals. There is a resonant story about how Chenrezig got his thousand arms. The bodhisattva vowed to clean up samsara once and for all. He put in a heroic effort. He thought he’d done it. But when he turned around again, the mess was back, unapologetically.

Chenrezig was so devastated by his failure to fix things that he shattered in a thousand pieces. That moment when you turn to glass, when paralysis is the only response you can manage, when ignorance raises its angry head and the suffering it causes seems medieval in its ugliness—this is Chenrezig’s dilemma too. A tap of the hammer and glass shatters into spikey slivers. What to do when even a bodhisattva of compassion can’t bear it any longer?

The story takes an instructive turn. Amitabha, the Buddha of Boundless Light, comes down from his Pure Land and converts Chenrezig’s thousand shattered pieces into a thousand arms (plus eleven heads, so he can look in all directions). I find it hugely instructive that Amitabha gives Chenrezig a thousand tools and says, Hey, keep going.

Chenrezig’s thousand arms are a token expression of the patience and fortitude essential to the bodhisattva vow. As our world prepares to blow itself apart yet again, Chenrezig becomes more than just a symbol; the bodhisattva is an absolute necessity, a guide and refuge.

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