Brass 1000 Arm Avalokiteshvara Statue 26"
Item #: 97bb17
Total Height Including Base: 26 inches or 66 cms
Widest Point: 14 inches
Base Width & Depth: 5 x 5 inches
Weight: 12 pounds or 5 kgs
- This stunning sculpture of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara depicts the Bodhisattva with 9 faces, 8 hands and 1,000 arms spread around him like the rays of the sun
- The sculpture has a beautiful antique patina that is unique to Balinese brass statues
Sahasrabhuja Avalokiteshvara is one of the different forms of Avalokiteshvara (which is one of the 108 incarnations of Lokeshvara).
Avalokiteshvara and the thousand arms: Buddhist legend presents Avalokiteshvara as vowing to never rest until he had freed all sentient beings from samsara. Despite strenuous effort, he realized that still many unhappy beings were yet to be saved. After struggling to comprehend the needs of so many, his head split into eleven pieces. Amitabha Buddha, seeing his plight, gave him eleven heads with which to hear the cries of the suffering. Upon hearing these cries and comprehending them, Avalokiteshvara attempted to reach out to all those who needed aid, but found that his two arms shattered into pieces. Once more, Amitabha came to his aid and appointed him a thousand arms with which to aid the many. Many Himalayan versions of the tale include eight arms with which Avalokiteshvara skillfully upholds the Dharma, each possessing its own particular implement. His Mantra "Om Mane Padme Hum" is found inscribed on rocks, temples and prayer wheels throughout Tibet and Asia.
The Buddha was a son of the rulers Sakyas. He was married at the age of 16 and lived in luxury and comfort sheltered from the harsh realities of life. When he was 29 he realized that men are subject to old age, sickness and death. He became aware of the suffering inherent in existence. He resolved to give up princely life and become a wandering ascetic (samana) in search for the Truth.
With the two of samanas he attained mystical states of elevated consciousness but he failed to find the Truth. He continued his search and was joined by five ascetics in a grove near Uruvela, where he practiced sever austerities and self-mortification for six years. When he fainted away in weakness, he abandoned ascetic practices to seek his own path to Enlightenment. Discarding the teachings of his contemporaries, through meditation he achieved Enlightenment, or ultimate understanding. There after the Buddha instructed his followers in the dharma (truth) and the "Middle Way" a path between worldly life and extremes of self-denial.
The essence of the Buddha's early preaching was said to be the four Noble truths: 1) life is fundamentally disappointment and suffering. 2) suffering is a result of one's desires for pleasure, power, and continued existence; 3) to stop disappointment and suffering on must stop desiring; and 4) the way to stop desiring and thus suffering is the Noble eight fold path - right views, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right awareness and right concentration. The realization of the truth of anatman (no eternal self) was taught as essential for the indescribable state of release called nirvana.
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