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Buddhist Deity: Avalokiteshvara (Types & Forms)

Avalokiteshvara (Types & Forms) | Avalokiteshvara Main Page

Main Iconographic Forms:
- Amoghapasha
- Chaturbhuja
- Eleven Faces
- Jinasagara
- Simhanada
- Bodhisattva (Generic)
- Others...

Lokeshvara Main Topics:
- Main Categories of Iconographic Forms
- Iconographic Forms (Textual)
- Iconographic Forms (Clark Text)
- Iconographic Forms According to the Four Classes of Tantra
- Iconographic Compendium Texts
- Miscellaneous Forms, Postures & Topics
- Iconography Based on Appearance (Number of Faces & Arms)
- Unusual or Unidentified Iconography
- Lokeshvara Glossary
- Others...

Iconographic Forms (Textual):
-
Amoghapasha (All Forms)
- Amoghapasha/Khasarpani Conflation
- Ashtabhaya Trana Lokeshvara (Eight Fears)
- Chaturbhuja (Four Armed)
- Chintachakra Lokeshvara
- Chintamani Lokeshvara (Standing with a Tree)
- Chintamani Lokeshvara (Red, Four Hands)
- Chittavishramana (Resting in the nature of mind)
- Eight Fears Lokeshvara (All Forms)
- Eleven Faces (All Traditions) (Arya Avalokiteshvara Ekadashamukha Nama Dharani)
- Eleven Faces & One Thousand Arms (Maha Karunika Dharani Sutra)
- Eye Clearing Lokeshvara
- Hala Hala Lokeshvara
- Half-syllable Lokeshvara
- Hari Hari Hari Bhavan Lokeshvara
- Jinasagara (Ocean of Conquerors)
- Khasarpana (Sky Flyer)
- Lokanata
- Lokanata, Wrathful (Black, 12 Arms)
- Nilakanta (Blue Throat)
- Padmapani Lokeshvara
- Padmapani Ekadashamukha
- Padmajala
- Padma Narteshvara Lokanata (Dance)
- Pagpa Lokeshvara Sculpture (108 Temples)
- Pema Lingpa Tradition
- Resting in the Nature of Mind (Semnyi Ngalso)
- Shristhikantha (Rakta) (Red, Karandavyuha Sutra)
- Simhanada Lokeshvara (Lion's Roar)
- Sukhavati Lokeshvara
- Vajradharma, Red
- Vishva Ishvara Lokeshvara
- Others...

Iconographic Forms According to the Four Classes of Tantra:
- Kriya
- Charya
- Yoga
- Anuttarayoga

Iconographic Texts:
- Compendium Paintings
- Bari Gyatsa (Bari Lotsawa Rinchen Drag)
- Drub Tab Gyatso (Lotsawa Dragpa Gyaltsen)
- Mitra Gyatsa (Mitra Yogin)
- Rinjung Gyatsa (Taranata)
- Rinjung Lhantab Forms of Lokeshvara (3rd Panchen Lama)
- Sadhanasamucchaya (Sanskrit Version)
- Yidam Gyatso (Taranata)
- Others...

Avalokiteshvara Miscellaneous Forms, Postures & Topics:
- Miscellaneous Forms
- Red Avalokita (Standing)
- Red Forms (Rakta)
- Two Armed
- Seated Holding a Lotus
-
Standing Holding a Lotus (Padmapani)
- Relaxed Posture
- Thinking Posture
- Lineage Paintings
- Mandala (All)
- Textile
- Peaceful Forms
- Semi-Peaceful Semi-wrathful Forms
- Wrathful Forms
- Others...

Lokeshvara Based on Appearance:

Two Arms:
- Amoghapasha
- Chintamani Lokeshvara (Tree)
- Jinasagara (Mitra Tradition)
- Khasarpana
- Pagpa Lokeshvara Sculpture (108 Temples)
- Shristhikantha (Rakta)
- Simhanada
- Two Armed
- (Pema Lingpa Tradition)

Four Arms:
- Amoghapasha
- Chaturbhuja (Four Armed)
- Chaturbhuja Wearing a Tiger Skirt
- Chintamani Lokeshvara (Red, Four Hands)
- Eye Clearing Avalokiteshvara
- Jinasagara

Six Arms:
- Amoghapasha

Eight Arms:
- Amoghapasha
- Eight Fears

Twelve Arms:
- Amoghapasha
- Wrathful Lokeshvara

One Thousand Arms:
- Eleven Faces (All Traditions)
- Eleven Faces, Namka Gyalpo
- Shristhikantha (Universal Form)

Jeff Watt 2-2007 [updated 9-2014, 3-2017]