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Amazing Oriental Oil Paintings of Chinese Goddesses and Angels by Zeng Hao
Zeng Hao is a famous painter origins from Sichuan, China and he is well-known for his series of painting of female bodhisattvas and Chinese fairies figures. These series of work which drew inspiration from the historic Buddhist Caves at DunHuang have gained a lot of praises and recognitions internationally.
Known as 'DunHuang Flying (Fei Tian) series, Zeng Hao adopted the western romantic oil painting style and combined it with the traditional Chinese culture and current aesthetic prevalence, and thus the amazing painting as the results.
In Zeng Hao own words, the DunHuang Goddess "is the embodiment of the saint, nobleness and goodness of human nature".
Enjoy the Amazing works of Zeng Hao below.
In Buddhism, a bodhisattva can be defined as either an enlightend (bodhi) existence (sattva) or an enlightenment being. A Bodhisattva is actually a person who has been motivated by great compassion and generated bodhicitta, a wish to attain Buddhahood for the well being of all sentient beings. Bodhisattva is a step away from becoming a fully enlightened being or a Buddha.
In Buddhism, particular in the Mahayana tradition there's a belief that there are many bodhisattvas exist in the celestial realm and Kuan Yin being one of them. Most importantly, this goddess can be considered the most famous one.
Kuan Yin or Guan Yin is a famous goddess (of mercy) that worshipped by the Chinese. In fact, there were many legends that depict the story of Kuan Yin. Note that Kuan Yin is a bodhisattva and not a God feature that most have believed or linked it to. The definition of god is also quite different in the Chinese and which is does not necessary mean the creator or supreme being.
Kuan Yin is known as Avalokistesvara (means the Lord that looks down) in Sankrit and Chenrezig in Tibetan. Originally, Avalokistesvara is depicted as a young male figure with flat chested body. According to the Historical Buddha Sakyamuni, Avalokitesvara had actually attained Buddhahood long long time ago but he manifested himself into a Bodhisattva in order to save all sentient beings from sufferings.
The transformation of Avalokitesvara to Kuan Yin began in China where a feminine figure was easily acceptable for a compassionate character compare to a male figure. There are quite a numbers of opinions regarding this. For the Buddha's teaching followers, this is not important as they believe that Kuan Yin will appear in whatever form that it finds suitable (this is according to the Lotus Sutra).
One of the most chanted mantras by the Chinese which can associated with Kuan Yin is none other than the Great Compassion Dharani or better known as Maha Karuna Dharani in Sanskrit. The short heart mantra of Avalokitesvara is Om Mani Padme Hum and it is very famous among the Tibetans.