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Manjushri (tib. Jambelyang) is the bodhisattva of wisdom, one of the three pillars of attaining enlightenment.  Portrayed as a young man golden in color, his most distinctive feature is the flaming sword that he holds up in his right hand, which he uses to cut through ignorance and the obstacles in the way of reaching nirvana.  Over his left shoulder upon a lotus blossom rests the prajnaparamita, the scripture of perfected wisdom.

The oldest bodhisattva, Manjushri has a special connection with the Kathmandu valley.  Discovering a pure self-emanating light in the middle of a vast lake, he cut a gorge for the water to empty out leaving only a lotus that was the throne for the pure light.  To keep it safe, Manjushri covered the light with what now is Swayambunath stupa, and left, leaving behind a valley where the ancient lake used to be.  That valley is now called the Kathmandu valley.

This depiction of Manjushri has him in the classical pose of his right hand raising up his sword while his left hand is in jnan mudra, or teaching pose.  In his left hand he holds the stem of a lotus upon which rests the prajnaparamitra, scripture of perfected wisdom.  Seated upon a lotus bloom, his legs are locked in dhyanasana mudra, with legs together and the soles of his feet facing up.  He rests in a Buddha field of paradise with the Buddha of longevity and infinity, Amitayus, seated above the crown of Manjushri's head.



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