Chenrezig - Thangka
Chenrezig is the mode of being of the mind that is the union of emptiness and compassion. He is the awakened nature of each being's own mind, the love and compassion primordially present in pure transcending awareness. Chenrezig is within us because love and compassion are not qualities added to the mind. These qualities are part of the awakened state even if, for the moment, this state exists only as a potential for us. He is the visible expression taken by all the Buddhas to help activate the love and compassion that are presently only a potential in us and to reveal the ultimate Chenrezig to ourselves. Chenrezig may be the most popular of all Buddhist deities, except for Buddha himself -- he is beloved throughout the Buddhist world. As Chenrezig, he is considered the patron Bodhisattva of Tibet, and his meditation is practiced in all the great lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. The beloved king Songtsen Gampo was believed to be an emanation of Chenrezig, and 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. His mantra, famous over all of Asia, is OM MA NI PAD ME HUNG Measures 29" x 53", image 20" x 28".