Buddha of luminous Light – Sambhogakaya

Sambhogakaya Buddha

Buddha of luminous Light – Sambhogakaya

refers to the luminous form of clear light. The practitioner attains upon reaching the highest dimensions of practice.

According to tradition, those skilled in , such as advanced and , as well as other highly realized Buddhists, may gain access to the Sambhogakaya and receive direct transmission of doctrine.

Life of Sambhogakaya Buddha

In this section, we are going to learn about the life of Sambhogakaya, after that, the short etymological description of the word Sambhogakaya itself.

The Sambhogakaya is a “ of limitless form”. Both “celestial” such as and as well as advanced such as and Manjusri can appear in an enjoyment-.

Etymology of Sambhogakaya

Sambhogakaya is known as longs spyod rdzog pa’i sku in .

Earlier, we learned about the life of Sambhogakaya, Now, we are going to learn about the of Buddha- Sambhogakaya.

Iconography of Amitayus Buddha- Sambhogakaya

In the iconography of Amitayus buddha- Sambhogakaya, we are going to learn about his body posture, hand and leg gesture, and different representations of Sambhogakaya in and statue.

Posture of Sambhogakaya

Sambhogakaya is the buddha of long life. Sambhogakaya is red in color with one face and two hands.

The two hands of Sambhogakaya are normally placed in the of meditation. The two hands of Sambhogakaya are holding a golden vase of long-life nectar. Amitayus buddha – Sambhogakaya is adorned with a crown, gold and jewel ornaments and variously colored .

Amitayus buddha – Sambhogakaya sits in posture on a moon disc and blossom.

Earlier, we learned about the life of Sambhogakaya and the iconography of Amitayus Buddha- Sambhogakaya. Now, we are going to learn about depicting Amitayus Buddha- Sambhogakaya thangka.

Depicting Amitayus Buddha- Sambhogakaya thangka

The thangka of Sambhogakaya is from Tibet. The thangka of Sambhogakaya is made between 1800 to 1899 AD. Sambhogakaya is from and Buddhist lineages. The size of the is 27.94×29.85cm. mineral pigment on and fine gold is used to color this painting. Presently, this thangka is on the .

By depicting this thangka, we are going to learn about the presentation of Sambhogakaya with different deities such as , , and Vaishravana, etc.

Shakyamuni Buddha

Buddha is at the top left of the thangka. Shakyamuni Buddha is golden in color. Shakyamuni Buddha is appearing in the attire of a and holding a black begging .

Maitreya Buddha

Buddha is at the right of the thangka. Maitreya Buddha is the future buddha performing a mudra (gesture) at the heart. Maitreya Buddha is regarded as a future Buddha of this world in Buddhist eschatology.

Amitabha Buddha

Amitabha Buddha is at the bottom left of the thangka.  Amitabha Buddha is red in color. Amitabha Buddha is with the two hands in the posture of meditation. Amitabha is holding a begging bowl.

Amitabha Buddha is also known as Amida or Amitayus. Amitabha Buddha is a celestial buddha according to the of . Amitabha is the principal buddha in the branch of East Asian Buddhism.

Vaishravana

Vaishravana is at the right of the thangka. Vaishravana is the deity and worldly guardian . Vaishravana is yellow in color.

Vaishnava is holding a victory in the right hand and a mongoose on the left. Vaishravana is riding on the back of a lion.

Earlier, we learned about the life of Sambhogakaya, the iconography of Amitayus Buddha- Sambhogakaya, and depicting Amitayus Buddha- Sambhogakaya thangka. Now, we are going to learn about the lineage teacher of Sambhogakaya.

Lineages of Sambhogakaya

In the lineages of Sambhogakaya, we are going to learn about the lineages of Sambhogakaya. The list of lineages of Sambhogakaya is:

  1.  Amitayus
  2. Garbha
  3. Jetari
  4. Acharya Bodhi
  5. Acharya Bhadra
  6. Vajrasana the greater and younger
  7. Bari Rinchen Drag, (1092-1158), etc.

Earlier, we learned about the life of Sambhogakaya, the iconography of Amitayus Buddha- Sambhogakaya, depicting Amitayus Buddha- Sambhogakaya thangka, and the lineage teacher of Sambhogakaya. Now, we are going to learn about the presentation of Sambhogakaya with Siddharajnyi thangka.

Sambhogakaya with yogini Siddharajnyi Thangka

The thangka of Sambhogakaya with yogini Siddharajnyi is from Tibet. The thangka of Sambhogakaya yogini Siddharajnyi is made between 1800 to 1899 AD. Sambhogakaya yogini Siddharajnyi is from and Buddhist lineages. The base of the painting is ground mineral pigment on .

By depicting this thangka, we are going to learn about the presentation of Sambhogakaya with  Yogi and .

yogini Siddharajnyi is at the top center of the thangka yogini Siddharajnyi is the Indian source teacher for the special tradition of Amitayus in the Kagyu Tradition of .

Yogi

Yogi is at the upper left side of the thangka. Yogi is with long hair, holding a skullcup in the right hand and performing a gesture of blessing with the left. It is possible that this is a depiction of Rechungpa.

Milarepa is at the top right of the thangka Milarepa is the famous poet yogi of Tibet.

From this article. we learned about the life of Sambhogakaya, the iconography of Amitayus Buddha- Sambhogakaya. We also depicting Amitayus Buddha- Sambhogakaya thangka, the lineage teacher of Sambhogakaya, and the representation of Sambhogakaya with yogini Siddharajnyi thangka.

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