This exquisite Manjushri statue is handmade in Kathmandu, Nepal by the Shakya family. This family has been making bronze statues for many generations and is well known all over the world.
Each bronze statue is made using the lost wax method, which takes considerable time and skill. After casting, each statue is hand detailed and carved by master craftsmen and women.
Size: 13 in. tall
Scholars have identified Majuśrī as the oldest and most significant bodhisattva in Mahāyāna literature. Majuśrī is first referred to in early Mahāyāna texts such as the Prajāpāramitā sūtras and through this association very early in the tradition he came to symbolize the embodiment of prajā (transcendent wisdom). The Lotus Sūtra assigns him a pure land called Vimala, which according to the Avataṃsaka Sūtra is located in the East. His pure land is predicted to be one of the two best pure lands in all of existence in all the past, present and future. When he attains buddhahood his name will be Universal Sight. In the Lotus Sūtra, Majuśrī also leads the Nāga King's daughter to enlightenment. He also figures in the Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sūtra in a debate with Vimalakīrti Bodhisattva.
An example of a wisdom teaching of Majuśrī Bodhisattva can be found in the Saptaśatikā Prajāpāramitā Sūtra (Taishō Tripiṭaka 232). This sūtra contains a dialogue between Majuśrī and the Buddha on the One Practice Samādhi (Skt. Ekavyūha Samādhi). Master Sheng-yen renders the following teaching of Majuśrī, for entering samādhi naturally through transcendent wisdom: