This Chenrezig thangka pictures the deity 4 Armed Chenrezig (Avalokitesvara). The name Avalokitesvara combines the verbal prefix ava “down”, lokita “observe”, and finally isvara “lord”. Hence, Chenrezig is the most respected ‘Bodhisattva‘ who incorporate the compassion of all Buddha. In times of difficulty and challenge, Chenrezig listens to our prayers.
In a Buddhist story, Chenrezig never vows to rest until he has helped to free all human beings from the world (Samsara), but despite his best efforts, his task is overwhelming. Therefore, his arms are torn into pieces in his attempts to reach out to so many screams of pain, to make much more willing to help those in need.
Tibetan Buddhism relates Chenrezig to the six-syllable mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum, and it conveys his compassionate control and action when this mantra is spoken aloud.