Chenrezig (tibetan) or Avalokiteshvara (sanskrit) is the Buddha of great compassion, of infinite compassion with all living beings. Chenresig has made a strong commitment not to return to Nirvana until all living beings have been freed from their suffering. He is seen as the patron of Tibet and his mantra OM MANI PEME HUM is the best known mantra of Tibetan Buddhism. In this four-arm version, Avalokiteshvara is in full lotus position. His four arms represent the Four Immeasurable Qualities of a Bodhisattva: compassion, love, joy equanimity. Avalokiteshvara reminds us that true awakening is not a flight from our personal or world problems. It is an active outreach to others, embracing all living beings around the world with the infinite love and compassion that is present in our hearts.
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