Demons are central to Buddhism, Animism, Hinduism as well as other religions, folk tales, and beliefs. In Buddhism, they are usually viewed as forces and spirits that must be recognized, appeased or satisfied with prayers and/or offerings to keep at bay, ask for help and sometimes be confronted by the living. Existential or permanent “demons” do not exist; instead, there are beings in lower realms (demons, animals, and ghosts) who may remain in the lower reams or improve their karma by attaining a higher birth in human and divine realms. There is no concept of absolute good or “evil” in Buddhism because all things are interdependent and impermanent, always in a state of flux and transformation. Demons are not demons forever, but while in the lower realms they must “hold up” the beings of the highest realms reminding us people may continuously alter themselves from demon to higher realms and back again in their evolutionary transition toward enlightenment. Although we may be or have troublesome forces we must address individually, demonic creatures have no harmful role. They are not entities; rather, they are obstacles – greed, aversion, and ignorance – that all of us must respect, control, and overcome through good deeds and thoughts, meditation, participation in rituals, and offerings of appeasement. Artistic renderings and Buddhist texts of demons in the realms of hell serve as a warning for us to be more diligent in our spiritual efforts, thoughts, and actions and by following the precepts of the Noble Eightfold Path.

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    Antique Guanyin Held Up by Demons, China (16208VRKE) $5800 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $5,800.00.Current price is: $4,700.00.
    H: 45″ W: 17.75″  D: 11.5″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This outstanding Guanyin  carving is extremely rare and displays a wonderful earthy blend of Mahayana and Tantric (Tibetan) Buddhism and spiritual and folk traditions that resonated with provincial populations. She sits on a lotus above a hexagonal throne right raised in abhaya mudra, lobed crown  centered with the Amitabha Buddha inside an aureole. The four agonized creatures struggling to hold the calm Guanyin on their shoulders is a unique Tantric visual representation of the triumph of Buddhism over ignorance.  With its admonitions about greed, aversion and ignorance it is a great metaphor for our times. 


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