Manjushri, whose name in Sanskrit means ‘noble, gentle one’, is the bodhisattva of wisdom and insight that perceives the fundamental emptiness and true nature of all things.
The practice of Manjushri enables the individual to cultivate and increase wisdom by facilitating the sharpening of intelligence and the ability to engage in critical analysis. It also enhances the development of bodhicitta that leads to the state of omniscience.
Manjushri is represented holding the vajra sword of discriminating wisdom or insight. The sword cuts through the ignorance that arises from conceptual views and the ego. In his left hand, he holds a blue lotus flower upon which rests the Prajnaparamita or Perfection of Wisdom Sutra.