Manjushri, 2013

Oil on canvas

48 x 24 inches


Manjushri is the bodhisattva of wisdom.  He can be recognized by the book placed just above the lotus flowers he holds in his left hand.  The book is in the rectangular format of a Tibetan palm-leaf manuscript, and represents the Prajnaparamita Sutra, the book of transcendent wisdom sacred to Mahayana Buddhism.  His right hand is open in the mudra of giving.  This depiction lacks the flaming sword which he is usually shown holding in his right hand that represents his realization of wisdom which cuts through ignorance and wrong views.     To call on Manjushri, use his mantra OM A RA PA TSA NA DHIH.

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