New Work 2016
Hand carved moku hanga woodblock of Manjusuri. I have him in a Hawaiian setting with humuhumunukunukuapua'a (Hawaiian trigger fish) in the foreground.
“Manjushri is one of the best-known and most important of the bodhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism and is especially associated with the wisdom of awakening. He is often depicted as a beautiful youth, in keeping with the notion of the sense of freshness and newness of such liberating awareness, and is seated cross-legged on a lotus-flower throne, attired in princely silks and ornaments. In his right hand, raised above his head, he wields the symbol most distinctively his, a flaming sword of wisdom that cuts through the ignorance, which binds sentient beings to a cycle of suffering and unhappiness. In his left hand, at his heart, he holds a book, a volume of the Perfection of Wisdom, representing both the source and embodiment of his awakened understanding.”
-Quoted from The Western Buddhist Review
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