SHADAKSHARI LOKESHVARA VI, 2012
acrylic on canvas
38 x 32 inches
Shadakshari is the four-armed emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, known as Chenrezig in Tibet, and as Kuan Yin in Japan. Avalokiteshvara is one of the most popular deities in Tibet, and the Dalai Lamas area considered to be an incarnation of him.
Shadakshari Lokeshvara means Six-Syllabled Lord of the World and refers to the six-syllable mantra OM MANI PADME HUM, Hail to the Jewel in the Lotus.
Shadakshari is one of the many emanations of Avalokiteshvara. In his upper right hand he holds a string of 108 beads, which represents the number of times that his mantra is recited.