A Mantra is a teaching aid for meditation. Enlarge the picture to get the meaning of the mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum".
jakeindy: fabionardini: (via pin de Hari Palta, Ph.D. | Painting of the Seven Indian-Chakras Using the Sacred Lotus Flowers of Different Colors)
Avalokiteshvara is the earthly manifestation of the self born, eternal Buddha, Amitabha. He guards this world in the interval between the historical Sakyamuni Buddha, and the next Buddha of the Future Maitreya.
Chenrezig, The Bodhisattva of Compassion. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_bU89HXeRyeA/TA07Yu-blUI/AAAAAAAAAOQ/sUDv4FBCpio/s1600/chenrezig.jpg