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             Avalokitesvara: A Vision of Selflessness Nepalese Thangka

43" x 25" Framed. Painting: 22" x 16"

Avalokiteshvara, the most important of the bodhisattvas, leads us to realize

that everything that has happened in our lives, whether directly or indirectly,

is the result of our aspirations.   We create our own reality.

Avalokiteshvara, the “bodhisattva of great compassion”, wears the silk robes

 and jeweled ornaments of a bodhisattva, a celestial being who returns to the

 world to bring others to the realm of enlightenment.  Two hands hold against his heart a wish-fulfilling gem, a symbol of the mind’s enlightened potential for great compassion.  His other hand holds a crystal rosary and the lotus of transcendent wisdom. 

At the heart of the cosmos of compassion is the vision of the inseparability

of all existence.  Harm to others brings harm to oneself: kindness to others brings forth kindness; generosity induces wealth and abundance; miserliness creates inner poverty.  The world reflects our level of consciousness.  Free from the bonds of greed and aggression, one sees the world as a realm of illusions created out of hope and fear.  The deities of the Buddhist pantheon transport us, not to some alternate reality but to a deeper vision of the  world of which we are an inseparable part.  These deities are not icons of