tibetan. he who watches - ZIG - constantly - RE - with eyes of compassion - CHEN -


Chenrezig can loosely be translated into “he who watches endlessly with eyes of compassion” and is considered to be the Buddha of Compassion. The Dalai Lama is thought to be an incarnation of Chenrezig, a tradition that goes back to late 14th century.

Chenrezig thangkas are rich in meaning; he is always painted in white to represent how he is free of all veils and therefore pure. His four arms symbolize the 4 virtues; love, compassion, joy and equanimity. While his two legs in lotus position represent the union of compassion and emptiness.

Attributes & Meaning

He can be represented with a small red Buddha in the sky above him, to remind us that he belongs to the lotus family of Amitabha. As you can see each of Chenrezig attributes has a clear and defined purpose. As our knowledge of the symbolism hidden in this Chenrezig Thangka increases we will learn more and more of the deep compassion and the happiness that is associated to Chenrezig. 

Chenrezig has proven to be a very popular motif over the years. His soothing presence is felt at first glance. The experience of our artists is clearly demonstrated in the selection below.

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the Buddha of Compassion
the Buddha of Compassion