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.