Manifesting Dharma: Seated Mañjuśrī Bodhisattva

2020-09-24

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.

Seated Mañjuśrī Bodhisattva China | Ming dynasty      #23@101

A Bodhisattva is a sentient being who delays reaching enlightenment to help others. There is a multitude of Bodhisattvas in Buddhism, and the Museum Collection houses many significant Bodhisattva sculptures. They are depicted with key objects, symbolising what they like to teach us about themselves.

In this Collection, we have Mañjuśrī Bodhisattva with his sword and scripture, representing ever-present wisdom. Also, Mañjuśrī holds onto a sword of wisdom (prajñā khaḍga in Sanskrit), to eliminate all delusions. His scripture is the Perfection of Wisdom (Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra), teaching us how to understand the concept of emptiness.

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