Chenrezig is also known as Avalokitesvara. Out of the 108 forms, Chenrezig is one who refuses nirvana considering such acceptance as selfish in view of the ignorance of the great majority of creatures who have not yet attained that stage. This sacrifice for the salvation of others emphasizes the profound compassion (Karuna) this Bodhisattva represents. In the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon of enlightened beings, Chenrezig is visualized in many forms, with various numbers of faces and arms, and various colors and ornaments. The radiant white Buddha form represents purity and power of the enlightened mind’s loving kindness and compassion. He sits on a lotus with two of his four arms are joined in the prayer position holding the wish fulfilling indestructible gem. In his other left hand he holds a lotus flower and in his other right hand, a crystal mala (rosary), which he is using to count the repetitions of his mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum, Hail to the Jewel in the Lotus, which liberates all beings from suffering. He wears the silks and ornaments of a Bodhisattva which represents all his special qualities.

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