Statue Size = 8" x 6.5" approx
Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) - the Bodhisattva of Compassion (an enlightened being who has decided to delay becoming a fully enlightened Buddha and who lives in a compassionate spirit life for the sake of all beings He has taken vows to save all beings)
With a mantra, Om mani padme hum! (Hail the jewel in the lotus), he tirelessly attempts to deliver all beings from suffering. He appears in many different forms to assist suffering beings.
According to Tibetans Chenrezig is a disciple of the Buddha, made a vow of compassion to free the Tibetan peoples from their violent ways:
"May I be able to establish in emancipation all living beings in the barbaric Land of Snow; where the beings are so hard to discipline and none of the buddhas of the three times has stepped...May I be able to mature and emancipate them, each according to his/her own way. May that gloomy barbaric country become bright, like an island of precious jewels."
(Geshe Wangyal ,Door of Liberation, New York, Lotsawa, 1978, pp. 54-55).
Tibetans believe that Love and compassion are the true signs revealing the presence of Chenrezig, every person whose heart is moved by love and compassion, who deeply and sincerely act for the benefit of others without concern for fame, profit, social position, or recognition expresses the activity of Chenrezig.