Few in the west have heard of Chenrezig and yet he is the second most popular Buddha in Tibet after Guru Rinpoche. Maybe you know him as Avalokitesvara. Or maybe you know his mantra: “Om Mani Padme Hum.”
He has two hands folded in prayer while holding a brilliant sky-blue wish-fulfilling jewel at his heart. In this way, he holds close to his heart Bodhicitta or altruistic love for all sentient beings. The other arm on his right holds a crystal mala. The other hand holds a pristine lotus. This shows his promise to manifest continuously in a multitude of ways, to benefit us, like the steady momentum of counting prayer beads.