Lesson
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Manjushri: Prince of Wisdom

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The young prince of wisdom

Manjushri is usually depicted as a young prince, about sixteen years old, to reflect his purity and innocence. This youthful aspect signifies the wisdom and insight often seen in child prodigies. Mozart while still a child was already composing and playing sublime music that still moves and inspires audiences. Many "ordinary" children also exhibit refreshing clarity or insight into familiar situations.

 

 


   

Can you remember occasions when a child has penetrated through some artifice with a frank comment?

Manjushri's youth signifies that his wisdom is not acquired from experience or long years of study but is innate and always available. His archetypal youthfulness can also become a source of humor, and Manjushri is often mocked for his cocky cleverness, sometimes viewed as arrogance.