Sacred Images, such as Shakyamuni Buddha, Amitabha Buddha, Amitayus Buddha, Medicine Buddha, Tara, other Bodhisattvas, and Deities are decorated carefully by artists to honor the personage and create an altar that can incite feelings of devotion in the minds and hearts of practitioners.
The artist is painting a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha
Shakyamuni Buddha is the fourth Buddhqa of this historical era. He was born Siddhartha Gautauma in a royal family in northern Indian about the year 563 BCE. Dissatisfied with his existence and determined to find the answer to the problem of suffering, he left his palace and his family at the age of 29 to wander in the forests as a mendicant, meditating and fasting in order to find answers to his questions about life and existence.
Finally, at the age of 33 he obtained enlightenment while sitting for three days in deep mediation under a bodhi tree. He remained in this earthly existence for another 40 years to teach others how they, too, could reach the state of bliss or nirvana.
Chrenrezig (Avolokiteshvara) is the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron of Tibet. This statue is encrusted with semi-precious gemstones
Chenrezig was a bodhisattva who made a vow to Amitabha (Tib.Opagme) to take responsibility for the enlightenment of all beings. He vowed that if he failed, his head would burst into 1,000 pieces. Then, upon observing and realizing the terrible state and motivations of sentient beings, he became sad. He relinquished his vow when he realized the magnitude and impossibility of the task. Thereupon, his head exploded. Amitabha, seeing this, came down and collected the pieces and asked him to repeat his vow. Then Chenrezig was given 1,000 eyes and hands and 10 faces (one for each direction) to enable him to manage the task. Amitabha then crowned the top of his head, making 11 faces in all.
Tara is a Bodhisattva that was born from a tear of Avalokiteshvara. She is the embodiment of the enlightened acitvities of all the buddhas. Her crown is encrusted with pearls
Tara is often spoken of as the "mother" of all the buddhas. She is said to protect from the eight "great fears," including fear of the elements and worldly tragedies.
there are many different aspects of Tara and the most opular of these are Green Tara (mainly associated with protection) and White Tara (often associated with healing and longevity practices. "Tara" literally means "saviouress" or "she who liberates."