Head of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Indonesia, Central Java; 9th century Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, the Buddhist embodiment of compassion, can be identified by the small image of a seated Buddha in his headdress. His elaborate coiffure and diadem, typical of bodhisattva imagery, is a counterpoint to his downward-looking meditative expression.
Avalokiteshvara, or Chenrezig is a bodhisattva, and the cherished patron of Tibet. A bodhisattva (byang chub sempai) is an enlightened being that chooses to remain in cyclic existence to benefit all beings. The term bodhisattva denotes great compassion but Avalokiteshvara is the Bodhisattva of Inconceivable Compassion.