Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Avalokiteshvara (Potalaka Pureland)

Purelands & Sacred Geography

Subjects, Topics & Tyoes:
- Description (below)
- Avalokita Main Page
- Avalokita Outline
- Khasarpana Lokeshvara
- Potala Palace (Lhasa)
- Four Sacred Mountains of China
- Confusions
- Others...

Video: Potalaka Pureland

Special Features of Potalaka:
- Island (off the Coast of India or China)
- Mountain
- Palace
- Avalokiteshvara
- Self-arising Lokeshvara in a rock
- Tara and the Acacia Wood Forest (Rosewood Forest)
- Others...

The Four-armed Lokeshvara (Chaturbhuja) is the most popular and most common form of Avalokiteshvara found in art. As a sub-group amongst those there is the context of the Potalaka Pureland with Lokeshvara seated at the center in front of the celestial palace. Often, Green Tara is located below the palace in the pureland of the Rosewood Forest - special for Tara.

Potalaka is an island believed to be located somewhere in the Indian ocean off the coast of Western India. In China, Potalaka is found as Puto Island just two hours south of Shanghai. Puto Island was visited in the past by Tibetan teachers such as Karma Pakshi and Dagchen Zangpo Pal as early as the Yuan period. The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, traditional home of the Dalai Lama, is named after the Potalaka pureland.

Jeff Watt 7-2013