“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.” Confucius
Avalokiteśvara ("Lord who looks down") is a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. Portrayed as either male or female, Avalokiteśvara is one of the more widely revered bodhisattvas and in Sanskrit, Avalokitesvara is also referred to as Padmapāni ("Holder of the Lotus").
Avalokiteśvara is a buddha, one of the highest ranking spiritual beings in spirit-heaven but because of his vow to remain accesible to us here on earth, assisting us in times of difficulty, so he has to refuse his place in heavenand Buddhahood, and exist in this plane as a bodhisattva.
He is known for six qualities: Great compassion, Great loving-kindness, Lion-courage, Universal light, a leader of devas and human beings and as the great omnipresent Brahman.
Come visit our Avalokiteśvara at Earth and Images, where contemplates you taking home to your own personal Nirvana. Standing a little over three feet, he is made of carved wood with a polychrome finish, holding the universal pearl of wisdom with his symbol, The Lotus flower perched in his crown.