A Buddha sitting calmly on a rock is seen on top of Avalokiteśvara’s head, and this symbolizes that the respect that Avalokiteśvara holds for the great teacher is constant and persistent and that the teaching of Buddhism should be practiced at all times. The Heart Sutra is intricately inscribed on the top, which makes the bodhisattva’s teaching quite self-evident. Auspicious clouds are seen lingering and drifting around, with red ink used to illustrate the lines on the clothing worn by Avalokiteśvara, which echoes gloriously with the Heart Sutra written with red ink.
This painting showcases Xia Jing Shan’s masterful ink work, and the soft and gentle image of the Avalokiteśvara depicted with red ink is juxtaposed with intense and hard ink patterns on the rocks. The square composition also highlights Avalokiteśvara’s benevolent and compassionate spirits.