The most popular Buddhist deity in the Himalayan region, the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara represents the embodiment of compassion. In this particular 14th century sculpture from Nepal, he appears as an Indian royal standing with his right hand extended in a gift giving gesture as his left hand holds the stem of a lotus flower that blooms over his left shoulder. In this particular form Avalokiteshvara is known as Padmapani which means â€œlotus holderâ€ with the lotus flower representing the potential for all beings to become enlightened.
Image credit: Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Nepal; 14th century; gilt copper alloy with semiprecious stone inlay; Rubin Museum of Art, C2005.16.8 (HAR 65430)
Mindfulness Meditation Series
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About the Teacher
Rosemary Blake began meditating nearly 30 years ago. She was introduced to Buddhist teachings in 2003 and has been studying since then. She attends at least one residential vipassana retreat each year and is now committed to an annual retreat of four weeks or longer. She began teaching insight meditation at New York Insight after her graduation from Spirit Rockâ€™s fourth Community Dharma Leaders Program. In addition she serves as President of the Board at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts.