Om Ah Ra Pa Tsa Na Dhi
"Seated on the back of a snow lion, the Great Bodhisattva Manjushri, embodiment of enlightened wisdom, emerges from a landscape of land, water, and sky.
His upraised right arm brandishes the flaming sword of knowledge that cuts through illusion and reveals the heart of reality; his left hand holds the stem of a lotus which supports a book containing the Pajnaparamita, the profound heart of the Buddha's teachings.
Together, book, lotus, and sword are powerful reminders of enlightened wisdom, compassion and skillful application, the central elements of the Mahayana Path. At lower left, a scholar wearing the pandita's peaked hat holds up an offering of gold, indicating the immeasurable value of the teachings and the willingness to devote body, speech and mind to their realization." - back description
(The Avery Brundage Collection, B62D33 © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Used by permission.)