Manifesting Dharma: Pensive Bodhisattva


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.

September – Introspective Searching, New Beginnings

Sometimes, we are doing so much that we forget about ourselves. Setting time for yourself in your busy schedule is crucial – it is a form of self-compassion. It is important to slow down and reflect on your thoughts and emotions. How do you feel currently? Remember to embrace your thoughts with mindfulness, they will come and go as you breathe slowly in contemplation. May you plant a seed of positivity, nurturing the start of achieving greatness.

Pensive Bodhisattva China | Northern Qi dynasty      #22@101

This iconography first appeared during the Kushan dynasty (1st-3rd century CE), initially created to portray the young Prince dedicated Gautama (later known as Śākyamuni Buddha). Out of compassion for sentient beings, he frequently sat under a tree to contemplate the nature of human life prior to his attainment of Buddhahood. Sometimes, this iconography is related to Maitreya Bodhisattva. Images of Pensive Bodhisattva were popular during the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-589 CE). For example, during the Northern Liang (397-439 CE) and Northern Wei (439-534 CE) dynasties in Dunhuang, Maitreya Bodhisattva was portrayed preaching in his abode in Tuṣita Heaven on the Mogao Caves’ walls or on the upper level of central pillars.

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