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  Chenrezig - Land of Medicine Buddha - A Center for Healing & Developing a Good Heart
In the Buddhist pantheon of enlightened beings, Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig) is renowned as the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
Avalokiteshvara is the earthly manifestation of the self born, primordial Amitabha, the Buddha of "Infinite Light and Boundless Compassion".
Avalokiteshvara is the essence of great compassion focused on all sentient beings, conjoined with the wisdom which clearly perceives that all phenomena is impermanent, and lacks inherent (independent) existence.
www.medicinebuddha.org /chenrezig.htm   (2763 words)

 Avalokiteshvara Thangka/Thanka Paintings: Avalokiteshvara Thangka/Thanka Paintings Collection
Avalokiteshvara, the most important of the Bodhisattvas, leads us to realize that everything that has happened in our lives, whether directly or indirectly, is the result of our aspirations.
Avalokiteshvara — enlightened compassion is here depicted in the thousand arms and eyes manifestation, symbolic of his endless compassion to all sentient beings.
An archetype of boundless compassion, Avalokiteshvara's multiple rows of heads are crowned by the fierce blue face of Variation and the red face of Anita— symbols, respectively, of uncompromising compassion and the boundless light of the awakened mind.
www.himalayanmart.com /avalokiteshvarathankas.php   (1181 words)

 Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-16)
Avalokiteshvara (Guan Yin in Chinese; Chenrezi in Tibetan; Kannon in Japanese) is the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva is depicted as male in Tibet and India.
Avalokiteshvara (guan yin) Bodhisattva holding the hand gesture of Abhaya, "no fear." The gesture symbolize the offering of refuge to those who prays to her.
www.geocities.com /directx_user/gallery/avalokiteshvara.htm   (514 words)

 Chenrezig / Avalokiteshvara: Embodiment of Compassion in Tibetan Buddhism
Chenrezig / Avalokiteshvara: Embodiment of Compassion in Tibetan Buddhism
Avalokiteshvara is the earthly manifestation of the self born, eternal Buddha, Amitabha.
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.
www.dharma-haven.org /tibetan/chen-re-zig.htm   (4449 words)

 Images of the Divine: South and Southeast Asian Sculpture from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection
Avalokiteshvara feeds this hungry ghost, who is missing his head, with drops of nectar that flow from his fingers.
This Avalokiteshvara is one of the earliest extant examples showing the use of semiprecious stone inlays to decorate a sculpture.
This sculpture presents Avalokiteshvara in the form of “All-seeing Lord of the Infallible Noose” (Amoghapasha Lokeshvara), identified by the rope held in his bottom hand.
www.asiasociety.org /arts/imagesdivine/bodhisattvas.html   (1100 words)

Avalokiteshvara, or Chenrezig as he is known in Tibetan, is the Buddhist deity who personifies the ideal of compassion.
Although depicted on a flat surface, the Mandala is actually three-dimensional, being a “divine mansion” at the center of which resides Avalokiteshvara, surrounded by the deities of his entourage.
For a practitioner who meditate on the Tantra of Avalokiteshvara, one would familiarize oneself with every detail of the Mandala and the deities within it, engaging in repeated exercises based upon visualizing the pure beings and pure environment which symbolized one’s own being and environment in purified, sublime form.
www.gomang.org /chenrezig.html   (899 words)

 Programme note: Tears of Avalokiteshvara - symphonic poem by Philip Goddard
Avalokiteshvara, also known as Chenrezig to Tibetans, is known as the Buddha (or Bodhisattva) of Infinite Compassion, on account of his alleged vow never to attain full enlightenment until every sentient being has been liberated from samsara, the uncontrolled cycle of rebirth and suffering*.
With their great power the buddhas made him whole again, and from then on Avalokiteshvara had eleven heads and a thousand arms, and on each palm of each hand was an eye, signifying [the] union of wisdom and skilful means that is the mark of true compassion.
From a gentle beginning the animation and intensity gradually build up, the crux of the work being a brief direct vision of the roaring flames of hell with the agonized cries of beings roasting in the midst of it; they are in such tremendous pain that they are unable even to find words.
www.philipgoddard.com /music/tears.htm   (882 words)

 Arya Avalokiteshvara Guan Yin Bodhisattva
Avalokiteshvara’s mission and the manifestation of the six Buddhas in the six realms of beings.
Manifestation of the Thousand-Armed Thousand-Eyes Avalokiteshvara and the Six-Syllable mantra.
They believe that Avalokiteshvara is their savior and protector, while King Songtsen Gampo was an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, and his two consorts were emanations of the two Taras.
www.purifymind.com /AryaAvalokiteshvara.htm   (3761 words)

 Kuan Yin, The Compassionate Rebel
Karuna, however, cannot be and is not (as it has become today under the pseudonym of compassion), the exclusive preserve of a charmed circle, but rather a symphonic identification with the masses, sharing their suffering and pleasure alike.
Truly, even though Avalokiteshvara retains his foremost status in the gallery of Tibetan gods, in the popular imagination it is Tara, who with her supple charm, has come to symbolize the tenderness of karuna.
She is a pointer to the re-emergence of the goddess and the gender transformation of Avalokiteshvara in China represents perhaps a universal imperative, which is similarly reflected in the emanation of the goddess Tara from the compassionate tears of the same bodhisattva.
www.astrostar.com /KuanYin.htm   (2962 words)

 Zen Teachings-Calling On The Name Of Avalokiteshvara
Avalokiteshvara, as I am sure you know, is the bodhisattva of compassion and insight, who appears in the Heart Sutra.
Keizan Jokin said, "However immensely diverse the mountains, rivers and lands and all forms and appearances may be, all of them are in the eye of the Buddha, and you too are standing in the eye of the Buddha." It is not simply that you are standing there: the eye has become you.
Insight is the dazzling, clear, eternal awareness of the presence of Avalokiteshvara in each moment: the presence of all moments and all places in this moment and this place.
www.zenproject.faithweb.com /zen_teachings/avalokiteshvara.html   (4581 words)

 Buddhist Deity: Description of Kuan Yin, Avalokiteshvara
In China, Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva is represented in female form and is known as Kuan Yin.
In Buddhist art, Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva is sometimes shown with eleven heads, 1000 hands and eyes on the palms of each hand (Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva).
This is the Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara, worshipped by all Tibetans as "Chenrezig", the Holder of the White Lotus.
www.buddhanet.net /e-learning/history/kuanyin-txt.htm   (605 words)

 Mantras associated with Avalokiteshvara (aka Quan Yin, Chenrezig) in Siddham, Tibetan (Uchen), Ranajana (Lantsa), ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-16)
The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, or Chenrezig as he is known in Tibet, is associated with compassion.
Avalokiteshvara is a member of the Lotus family which is headed by Amitabha.
The Bodhisattva Tārā, who has two common forms (green and white) is said to have been born from his tears when he observed the suffering of beings in the world.
www.visiblemantra.org /avalo.html   (306 words)

 Image no. 518 | Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara: Western Tibet | AskAsia.org
The strap tied around the waist and right leg of this seated Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, was used to maintain the body's position during lengthy meditation practices.
Avalokiteshvara's left hand holds a lotus and makes the gesture of elucidation and his right hand makes the gesture of gift-bestowal.
Although only one lotus rises up behind Avalokiteshvara's left shoulder, a cup-shaped holder remains on the base behind him on the right and a small copper knob survives behind the right arm, both of which would once have held the stem of a second lotus in place.
www.askasia.org /teachers/images/image.php?no=518   (341 words)

 Unidentified artist: Water-Moon Avalokiteshvara [Korea] (14.76.6) | Object Page | Timeline of Art History | The ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-16)
Avalokiteshvara sits on a rocky outcrop surrounded by a sea of swirling waves, representing his island abode of Mount Potalaka (Naksan).
In the water are small rocks with protruding stalks of precious coral; barely discernible in the background, to his left, are several large stalks of bamboo.
Avalokiteshvara is attired in beautiful robes and sashes, with intricate gold details on his jewelry and clothing.
www.metmuseum.org /toah/ho/07/eak/hod_14.76.6.htm   (366 words)

 Buddhist Art [Pacific Asia Museum]
Avalokiteshvara has eleven heads to see in all directions and eight arms to assist all beings in their suffering.
Avalokiteshvara assumes many different forms to help all beings reach enlightenment.
In China and other Southeast and East Asian cultures in particular, Avalokiteshvara has often been represented as a female deity, referred to as the Goddess of Compassion or Mercy, perhaps because compassion was traditionally considered to be a feminine quality.
www.pacificasiamuseum.org /buddhism/html/essay2.htm   (1436 words)

 Avalokitesvara Teaching by Yangthang Rinpoche
Whenever we practice Avalokiteshvara, the most important aspect of the practice is the generation and development of the bodhichitta, which is the compassion that Avalokiteshvara experiences for all sentient beings.
Avalokiteshvara has many different emanations and many different names, but essentially they are one essence, which is the bodhichitta, the nature of the mind of all buddhas.
To pray to Avalokiteshvara from the depths of ones heart and recite the mantra is truly a very profound practice in itself.
www.mirrorofwisdomvideo.org /AvalokitesvarabyYRBLUE.htm   (1531 words)

 Avalokiteshvara - The Buddha of Compassion
Avalokiteshvara, or Chenrezig in Tibetan, is an enlightened being who is a manifestation of all Buddhas' compassion.
By holding a lotus flower Avalokiteshvara is showing that because he attained enlightenment he is free from all obstacles, and has a completely pure body, speech and mind.
If we rely sincerely upon Avalokiteshvara and recite his mantra with strong faith, temporarily we shall improve our realizations of the stages of the path, especially our realization of great compassion, and ultimately we shall attain supreme Buddhahood in Avalokiteshvara's Pure Land, the Pure Land of Bliss.
www.meditationincolorado.org /avalokiteshvara.htm   (309 words)

The word 'Avalokiteshvara' is derived from the Pali verb oloketi which means "to look at, to look down or over, to examine or inspect." The word avalokita has an active signification, and the name means, "the lord who sees (the world with pity)." The Tibetan equivalent is spyanras-gzigs (the lord, who looks with eyes).
No wonder then that he is often represented with a thousand eyes symbolizing his all encompassing ability to view with compassion the suffering of others, thus sharing in their sorrows, a first step towards their ultimate alleviation.
Once by his sustained efforts, Avalokiteshvara was eventually able to deliver all sentient beings to enlightenment, managing salvation for everyone.
www.exoticindiaart.com /read/avalokiteshvara.htm   (1553 words)

 Eleven Headed Thousand Armed Avalokiteshvara
Avalokiteshvara, the all pitying one, descended into hell, converted the wicked, liberated them, and conducted them to Sukhavati, the paradise of his spiritual father, Amitabha.
Amitabha further said to Avalokiteshvara that there was still another way to accomplish his goal.
In addition Avalokiteshvara is given a thousand arms which form a mandala around his body and symbolize his pervasiveness.
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 KARMA KAGYUD SINGAPORE - Voices of Compassion - Introduction of Avalokiteshvara
May the loving-kindness and compassion of Avalokiteshvara blossoms in the minds of all sentient beings.
One of the great masters is Gelongma Palmo (or bhikunis Lakshmi) who lived in the tenth or eleventh centuries C.E. She was born in a royal family of an Indian Kingdom, and was ordained in her youth.
According to the Buddha teachings, it is extremely difficult for one to receive the teachings of Avalokiteshvara and the Six-Syllable Mantra.
www.karma-kagyud.org.sg /Voices/voices-Avalo.htm   (3751 words)

 The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Works of Art: Asian Art
Avalokiteshvara, Angkor period (802—1431), fourth quarter of the 10th—first quarter of the 11th century; Khmer style of Banteay Shrei
Unlike the hieratic, frontal, and often powerful images that typify many Southeast Asian sculptures, this figure of Avalokiteshvara is portrayed in a less formal position, turning subtly from a frontal axis with his left shoulder slightly raised.
Although the sense of muscle and bone has been downplayed, the figure looks completely natural, an effect partly attributable to the bodhisattva's arresting expression and the almost portraitlike quality of his face.
www.metmuseum.org /collections/view1.asp?dep=6&full=0&item=1992.336   (306 words)

 Arya Avalokitesvara and the Six Syllable Mantra - Shangpa Rinpoche
With this blessing, Avalokiteshvara aspired further "from each and every pore of my body, may I manifest Buddhas and bodhisattvas according to the needs of all sentient beings.
Avalokiteshvara requested " If I need to benefit all the sentient beings until samsara ends, may I have one thousand arms, and one thousand eyes.
One of the great masters is Gelogma Palmo (or bhikunis Lakshimi) who lived in the tenth or eleventh centuries C.E. She was born in a royal family of an Indian Kingdom, and was ordained in her youth.
www.kagyu-asia.com /t_arya_avalokitesvara.html   (3633 words)

Nepalese Buddhist intricate ritual (uposadha) worship of Avalokiteshvara with 8 precepts.
Buddha Amitabha told Avalokiteshvara about the attributes of the Six-Syllable Mantra and how it ought to be propagated so that the causes and conditions for rebirth in each of the six realms could be eradicated and eventually all samsaric realms would empty.
Palmo recited the mantras of Avalokiteshvara and devised and practiced the purification ritual or nyungne retreat continuously before a mysterious image of 1,000-armed Avalokiteshvara that appeared to her in a forest clearing.
www.purifymind.com /Avalokteshvara.htm   (2959 words)

 The Detroit Institute of Arts
Avalokiteshvara is one of the most worshipped and represented Buddhist bodhisattvas.
A bodhisattva is one who is enlightened but postpones taking his place in heaven in order to assist in the earthly realm until all are enlightened.
Avalokiteshvara means "regarder of the world's cries," liberating living beings from misery.
www.dia.org /collections/asian/25.34.html   (153 words)

In the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon of enlightened beings, Chenrezig, Avalokiteshvara, is renowned as the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
Avalokiteshvara, Chenrezig, is visualized in many forms, with various numbers of faces and arms, and various colors and ornaments.
Avalokiteshvara, Chenrezig is the embodiment of that unselfish urge to look upon each other as loving equals.
www.souledout.org /healing/healingdeities/avolokiteshvara.html   (2386 words)

 Buddhist Meditation | Mantra Meditation | The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Avalokiteshvara)
Avalokiteshvara's compassion and wisdom have too many dimensions to be represented by a conventional human figure, and so each arm represents a different aspect of his compassionate nature.
According to legend, Avalokiteshvara made a vow, in the presence of the Buddha Amitabha, to manifest in all the realms of existence in order to save all sentient beings.
Avalokiteshvara is the spiritual father of Tara, who is said to have been born from a lotus that grew in a lake formed by the tears he shed as he gazed in compassion at the infinite sufferings of the world.
www.wildmind.org /meditation/mantra/bodhisattva-avalokitesvara.html   (660 words)

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