What is in the name Himalaya Karuna
Karuna means Compassion (not in the sense of pity) and is a central theme in Buddhist
spiritual training and ethics.
It describes the virtue of goodness, love and active compassion. This spiritual
quality is one of the four Immeasurables (Brahma-Viharas) that a Bodhisattva
has to develop in order to be able help others towards enlightenment. The other
three are: Metta (loving kindness), Mudita (sympatheic joy) and Upekkha
A precondition for the development of Karuna is to experience oneness with all beings. All
beings in this world are to be viewed with complete selfless love and kindness.
This spiritual virtue according to Mahayana Buddhism is embodied by
Avalokiteshvara (Sankrit); who is the Bodhisattva of universal compassion (Skt.
Karuna). In Tibetan he is named Chenrezig and is the patron saint of Tibet.
Chenrezig appears with one thousand arms and eleven heads. The 1000 arms
symbolise the compassionate action of 1000 Buddhas that will appear in this favourable
Kalpa (mythological Buddhist era). The many eyes perceive the suffering of
sentient beings and the many arms symbolise the active compassionate engagement
to remove suffering from the world.
Many spiritual leaders, and most notably H.H. The Dalai Lama, are held to
be the living embodiment of Avalokiteshvara.
The most well loved Mantra – and containing the
most frequently spoken words worldwide – belongs to Avalokiteshvara, who
according to Tibetan Buddhism, represents the Bodhisattva of universal
compassion of all Buddhas throughout time:
OM MA NI PE ME HUNG
(Wikipedia.de, 2. Mai 2008)