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Avalokiteshvara - click to enlarge

Acrylic and 24-carat gold on canvas
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Avalokiteshvara's mantra is OM MANI PADME HUNG

Avalokiteshvara is the Buddha of compassion. His name means "Lord Who Mercifully Looks Down Upon the World". He is called Chenrezig in Tibetan, or "the eleven faced great compassionate one"! His Holiness the Dalai Lama is seen to be the embodiment of this Buddha in human form.

This deity is associated with Nung Nä which is a powerful purification practice.

Nun Bhikshuni Lakshmi started the tradition of Nung Na. She lived approximately in the tenth or eleventh century in India. Through relying on Avalokiteshvara she was able to heal herself of leprosy, attain visions of the deity and receive direct teachings and empowerments from him. She eventually reached enlightenment in her lifetime and inspired many to practice Dharma.

~ Enlightenment is Possible in This Lifetime ~