Manifesting Dharma: Standing Willow Guanyin 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.
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.
■Standing Willow Guanyin Bodhisattva China | Tang dynasty #20@101
The willow branch is one of Guanyin Bodhisattva’s many important attributes found in his hands. The iconography of the Willow Guanyin was based on the content of the Invoking Guanyin Sūtra. It was translated into Chinese by Dharmananda (active in the 5th century CE) during the Eastern Jin dynasty (317-420 CE). It was believed that after people repeatedly recited his name, Guanyin Bodhisattva would heal and rescue those suffering.
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