Antique Thai Style Southeast Asia Avalokiteshvara Statue Compassion - 112cm/45"
Measures - (Height) 112cm/45"
An antique Thai style statue depicting the standing form of the Bodhisatva of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara.
Avalokiteshvara is a Bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. Avalokiteshvara, Chinese (Pinyin) Guanyin or Kuan-yin, Japanese Kannon, in Buddhism, and primarily in Mahayana Buddhism, the Bodhisattva (buddha to be) of infinite compassion and mercy, possibly the most popular of all figures in Buddhist legend. Avalokiteshvara is beloved throughout the Buddhist worldânot only in Mahayana Buddhism but also in Theravada (âWay of the Elders"), the branch of Buddhism that largely does not recognise bodhisattvas, and in Vajayana, the Tantric (or Esoteric) branch of Buddhism.
Avalokiteshvara supremely exemplifies the Bodhisattva's resolve to postpone his own buddhahood until he has helped every sentient being on earth to achieve liberation from suffering and the process of death and rebirth. His name has been variously interpreted as âthe lord who looks in every direction" and âthe lord of what we see" (that is, the actual created world). The title invariably used for him in Cambodia and Thailand is Lokeshvara (âLord of the World"). In China, where he is often worshipped in female form, he is Guanyin.
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