Manjushri Thangka Painting from Nepal

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138 x 93 cm
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Beautifully painted from the Himalaya, Nepal. The top section depicts the 5 dhyani Buddha and the bottom section depicts the bodhisattva Chenrezig and Vajrapani. This Thangka is a very high quality painting made with pure gold and on cotton canvas.

The scripture supported by the lotus held in the left hand of Manjushri is the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra (Prajnaparamita), representing his correct view of Emptiness which arises out of Compassion. Like most Bodhisattva figures, Manjushri is seated on a lotus flower because a lotus grows in muddy waters but remains unstained. The lotus is considered to represent his enlightened nature, which can exist in the midst of delusion without being affected by it. Manjushri is sometime depicted as riding on a lion or sitting on the skin of a lion representing the use of wisdom to tame the mind or ego. The lion also represents fearlessness that arises due to having gained the wisdom of Manjushri.

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