Often described as a specific form of Avalokiteshvara, Amogapasha Lokesvhara from 17th century Tibet sits in a pose of royal ease right hand extended in a gift giving gesture with his left hand placed in front of his heart holding a lotus flower. The name “Amogapasha” means “Unfailing lasso or noose” and refers to his endless love that actively lifts up beings and brings them closer to their enlightenment. According to Sonam Tsemo, a 12th century Tibetan Scholar, Amogpasha is the nirmankaya or “created body” of Avalokiteshvara which manifests itself in time and space. Amogpasha then is the form of Avalokiteshvara that beings can experience in this world and through his loving kindness can experience relief in their suffering.
Image Credit: Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, Tibet; 17th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art, C2001.2.1 (HAR 65005)
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About the Speaker
“Each of us has a genuine capacity for love, forgiveness, wisdom and compassion. Meditation awakens these qualities so that we can discover for ourselves the unique happiness that is our birthright.”
— Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has been a student of meditation since 1971, and guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. She is weekly columnist forOn being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Timesbest-seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, Love Your Enemies, Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness.Sharon has been a regular participant in the Rubin’s many on-stage conversations. This is her first formal meditation session at the museum. For more information, please visit SharonSalzberg.com