Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Avalokiteshvara (Bhikshuni Shri)

Avalokiteshvara Main Page | Avalokiteshvara Outline | Eleven Faces Outline | Lineage Block Prints

There are four forms of Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara in the Bhikshuni Shri Tradition:
1. Single Figure
2. Four Tatagatas
3. Five Dakinis
4. Eight Arms

The Bhikshuni Shri and Namka Gyalpo forms of the Eleven Faced Thousand Armed Avalokiteshvara are different in five ways:
1. Origin and Chronology
2. Lineage
3. Appearance
4. Hand attributes
5. Retinue figures: number and identity

Lineage: Avalokiteshvara, Bhikshuni Shri, Pandita Dawa Zhonnu, Pandita Yeshe Zangpo, Balpo Nyewa, Jangsem Dawa Gyaltsen, Drubchen Nyipugpa, Trupa Dorje Gyalpo, Shangton Drajig, Kenchen Tsedulwa, Kenchen Ngog Longpa, Jangsem Chuzangpa, Rinpoche Sherab Bumpa, Gyalse Togmepa, Nyagchen Sowang, Nyag Pon Sonam Zangpo, Pagchog Sonam, Pagpa Sonam Gyatso, Mani Dragpa Sonam, Jangsem Kunga Chogdrub, Jetsun Drolchog, etc. (Rinjung page 279, Taranata).

Alternate: Gyalse Togme, Kunbang Chorin, Jangsem Sonam Rinchen, Drag Kar Sempa, Je Doringpa, etc. (Rinjung page 279, Taranata).