Manifesting Dharma: Guanyin Bodhisattva on Lion Mount

2020-08-27

Manifesting Dharma: Buddhist Art 101

Each “Buddhist Art 101" spiritual card introduces each sculpture's inspirations and history. They also allow the public to get closer with each artwork and appreciate Buddhist Art. Visitors are welcome to print them out, reminding themselves to keep a peaceful mind and to take care of their families under all circumstances.

August – Overcoming Challenges, Sincere Blessings

During these challenging times, the way we respond to external forces is vital to our well-being. Luckily, different Buddhas and Bodhisattvas can guide us to the right direction. Through various sculptural clues, such as the fearless gesture, they provide us with hope, peace, strength and protection. May we overcome these challenges together, extending auspicious blessings to all sentient beings.

Guanyin Bodhisattva on Lion Mount China | Ming dynasty      #21@101

The image showing Bodhisattva Guanyin seated on a ‘lion mount’ is also called Siṃhanāda Avalokiteśvara or Guanyin of the Lion’s Roar. The Lion’s Roar symbolises the sheer power of Buddhist teachings and enlightenment. In fact, this mount is a divine beast, known to the Chinese as hou. This form of Guanyin is believed to have the divine power of subduing all diseases and sufferings. Depictions of Siṃhanāda Avalokiteśvara developed in India around the 11th or 12th century and was popular in China during the Ming dynasty.

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