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Chenrezig

Avalokiteshvara, or Chenrezig as he is known in Tibetan, is the Buddhist deity who personifies the ideal of compassion. He can be portrayed in several different forms, two of the most popular being as a white deity with either four arms or 1000 arms; the extra arms symbolize his ability to help many beings simultaneously.

Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) is the Bodhisattva of Compassion.  A bodhisattva is an enlightened being who has decided to delay becoming a fully enlightened Buddha and who lives in a compassionate spirit life for the sake of all beings He has taken vows to save all beings. He tirelessly attempts to deliver all beings from suffering. He appears in many different forms to assist suffering beings. 

觀世音菩薩

觀世音菩薩又譯為觀自在菩薩、光世音菩薩,是大乘佛教西方極樂世界教主阿彌陀佛座下的上首菩薩,同大勢至菩薩一起,為阿彌陀佛的左、右脅侍菩薩,並稱「西方三聖」。同時祂也是四大菩薩之一。

觀世音菩薩是東亞民間普遍敬仰崇拜的菩薩,在各種大乘佛教圖像或造像中觀世音菩薩像也最為常見,而且種類繁多,變化極大。佛

教的經典上說觀世音菩薩的悲心廣大,世間眾生無論遭遇何種災難,若一心稱念觀世音菩薩聖號,菩薩即時尋聲赴感,使之離苦得樂,故人稱「大慈大悲觀世音菩薩」,為佛教中知名度最高的大菩薩,有「家家阿彌陀,戶戶觀世音」的讚譽。

大乘佛教佛经称某些菩萨在远古已成佛,祂們以大慈悲心,为度众生示現菩薩形象,重入世間教化救苦。观世音菩萨即是其中之一;过去佛号是正法明如来。

觀世音在民間的形象變化和歷史時間、地域、風俗有很大關係,是百姓信仰的產物。

 

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