This is a fine Art Giclee Print of Mantra Garland of Avalokiteshvara card, image painted by Andy Weber, measuring 36cm x 36cm
What is Giclee?
The word Giclée (“g-clay”), is derived from the French verb gicler meaning “to squirt or spray”, Giclée, is used to describe a fine art digital printing process combining pigment based inks with high quality archival quality paper to achieve Giclée prints of superior archival quality, light fastness and stability. The Giclée printing process involves squirting or spraying microscopic dots of pigment-based ink onto high quality art paper or canvas. The image is colour corrected to attain the closest possible match to the original work if required. The digital information is fine tuned to the type of paper or surface on which the image is to be printed, further ensuring fidelity to the original.
Mantra Garland of Avalokiteshvara
According to legend, the most famous patron deity of Tibet, Avalokitesvara (literal translation: the one with the unwavering eye), took a vow in front of Amitabha Buddha never to give up work to liberate all sentient beings from samsara. After aeons, he looked at his achievement and felt disillusioned with his efforts. His body split into 1000 pieces. In his agony, he cried out to Amitabha who sculpted his head into 9 heads symbolizing the 9 paths in Buddhist practice and placed himself and Vajrapani (aspect of skilful means) on top.
Through meditation on Avalokitesvara and the recitation of his mantra, OM MANI PADME HUM, devotees increase their compassion towards themselves and all living beings. Each syllable indicates one of the six realms in samsara. The white OM refers to the gods realm, the green MA to the demigods, the yellow NI to the humans, the blue PAD to the animals, the red ME to the spirits and the black HUM to the hell realms. The centre seed syllable HRI represents the most subtle mind of Avalokitesvara, the mind of endless compassion.
The recitation of the mantra grants protection from rebirth in the lower realms and increases the awareness that the outer six realms are just a reflection of one´s mind and the result of past karma.