Manjushri, Bodhisattva of Wisdom, 2008

Pastel and ink on paper

37.5 x 28.5 inches (frame)

022

Manjushri can be recognized by the flaming sword held in his right hand that represents his realization of wisdom which cuts through ignorance and wrong views, and the book in his left hand which is the Prajnaparamita Sutra, the Buddhist book of wisdom. Manjushri is a dharmakaya bodhisattva, which means that unlike an ordinary 10th stage bodhisattva who still has a bit further to go before full enlightenment is attained, Manjusri has no further to go and can attain buddhahood at any time but has yet to achieve buddhahood because his vows are not yet fulfilled.

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