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One-Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva

One-Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Hong Kong view map

I was told that the Bodhisattva has eleven faces and one thousand hands.

One prominent Buddhist story tells of, despite the Bodhisattva’s tremendous effort,
he realised that still many unhappy beings were yet to be saved.
After struggling to hear, to see and to understand the needs of so many;
his head split into eleven pieces.

The Principal Buddha, seeing his difficult situation,
gave him eleven heads with which to hear the cries of the suffering.
Upon hearing these cries and comprehending them,
the Bodhisattva attempted to reach out to all those who needed aid,
but found that his two arms shattered into pieces.

Once more, the Principal Buddha came to his aid and invested him
with a thousand arms with which to aid the suffering multitudes.

Posted on 30 July 2008
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2004 31-Jul-2008 14:20
amazing ! very good shot
hugo poon31-Jul-2008 13:56
Incredibly beautiful lighting, colours and texture... a very strong image!!!
Marcia Colelli31-Jul-2008 11:44
great light, detail and composition V
Debbie Blackburn Beierle31-Jul-2008 05:27
Outstanding details and perfect lighting!
Xavi Barneda30-Jul-2008 22:26
Wonderful image, V!
Raymond30-Jul-2008 18:37
My ex-wife was two face !!!! Maybe I was married to a Goddess and didn't know it ! To me... she eventually seemed like a witch !!!!

This is a great image CM, the clarity is stunning... man, that D3 sure captures all the details and tones. Very well done.
Fong Lam30-Jul-2008 17:08
Fascinating sculpture and story.
Well captured, Kwan.....V
Sofia Solomennikova30-Jul-2008 16:51
What a beautiful capture! V
Walter O. Koenig30-Jul-2008 13:46
Great shot of this beautiful statue of Avalokiteśvara. Very nicely composed and great lighting in this. "V"
Yiannis Pavlis30-Jul-2008 13:02
A fascinating blend of colors and textures. Excellent composed .v
TuTmin30-Jul-2008 13:01
Amazing ! very nicely taken.voted
DL 30-Jul-2008 13:00
Excellent capture, great lighting!
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography30-Jul-2008 12:25
Beautiful image and statue, Vote.