Interpreting Bodhisattva Samantabhadra Buddha

Interpreting Bodhisattva Samantabhadra Buddha

is known as Universal Worthy is a in associated with practice and . Samantabhadra is most commonly described as a bodhisattva himself, although some Buddhist traditions, namely the Nyingmapa, regard him as a primordial in indivisible union with his consort Samantabhadri.

The Life of Samantabadra Buddha

In this section, we are going to learn about the life of Samantabhadra Buddha. After that, we will learn the short etymological description of the word Samantabhadra Buddha itself.

Samantabhadra is associated with action whereas Manjusri is associated with In . This bodhisattva is often worshipped by the Tendai and sects, and as the protector of by the sect in .

Etymology of Samantabhadra Buddha

Samanatabhadra is known as Kun Tu Zang PO in . Samantabhadra is also known as the primordial Buddha of the School.

Previously, we learn about the life of Samantabhadra Buddha.Now, we are going to learn the of Samantabhadra buddha.

Iconography of Samantabhadra Buddha

In the iconography of Samantabhadra Buddha, we will learn about his posture, hand, and leg gesture and different representations of Samantabhadra Buddha in and statue.

Posture of Samantabhadra Buddha

Samantabhadra is blue in color with one face and two hands. The two hands of Samantabhadra Buddha is placed in the lap in the gesture of meditation. The two-leg of Samantabhadra Buddha is folded together in posture.

Samantabhadra is embraced by the consort Samantabhadri who is in appearance with a pale complexion. Samantabhadra Buddha is surrounded by a yellow nimbus and green they are seated atop a moon disc and multi-colored blossom cushion above a decorative supported .

Previously, we learn about the life of Samantabhadra Buddha and the iconography of Samantabhadra Buddha. Now, we are going to learn about depicting Bodhisattva Samantabhadra Buddha.

Depicting Bodhisattva Samantabhadra Buddha thangka

The thangka of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra Buddha is from Tibet. The thangka is made between 1600 – 1699 AD. Samantabhadra Buddha is from Nyingma and lineages. The size of the is 85.09×71.12cm. The base of the painting is Mineral Pigment on . Currently, this painting is in the .

By depicting this thangka, we will learn about the presentation of  Samantabhadra with different deities such as Six Buddhas, with wrathful Dragpo, , lay practitioner, ,  and .

Six buddhas

The central couple is surrounded by various peaceful deities and standing along the sides are the six buddhas of the of existence: , demi-god, human, animal, ghost, and .

Padmasambhava with wrathful Guru Dragpo

Padmasambhava with wrathful Guru Dragpo is at the top center of the thangka. Padmasambhava with wrathful Guru red in color.

Vajravarahi

Vajravarahi is in the left corner of the thangka. Vajravarahi is surrounded by four retinue attendants identical to herself.

Lay practitioner

The lay practitioner is directly below Padmasambhava in the thangka. The lay practitioner has long black hair tied up on the crown of the head.

Vajrasattva

Vajrasattva is at the bottom center of the thangka. Vajrasattva is the meditational deity of embracing the consort Vajragarvi.

Yellow Jambhala

Yellow is on the right of the thangka. Yellow Jambhala is the peaceful deity holding a Bijapuraka fruit and a mongoose. Four more wrathful deities stand at the sides.

Previously, we learn about the life of Samantabhadra Buddha and the iconography of Samantabhadra buddha and depicting Bodhisattva Samantabhadra Buddha. Now, we are going to learn about  10 of Samantabhadra Buddha.

10 Vows of Samantabhadra Buddha

Now, we will learn about the Vows of Samantabhadra Buddha.

In the Flower Garland Sutra, the Buddha states that Bodhisattva Samantabhadra made ten great vows in his path to full Buddha-hood which have been listed below:

  1. To pay homage and respect to all Buddhas.
  2. To praise all the Buddhas.
  3. To make abundant . (i.e. give generously)
  4. To repent misdeeds and evil .
  5. To rejoice in others’ merits and virtues.
  6. To request the Buddhas to continue .
  7. To request the Buddhas to remain in the world.
  8. To follow the teachings of the Buddhas at all .
  9. To accommodate and benefit all living beings.
  10. To transfer all merits and virtues to benefit all beings

The ten vows have become a common practice in East Asian , particularly the tenth vow, with many Buddhists traditionally dedicating their merit and good to all beings during Buddhist liturgies.

Previously, we learn about the life of Samantabhadra Buddha and the iconography of Samantabhadra Buddha,  depicting Bodhisattva Samantabhadra Buddha, and 10 Vows of Samantabhadra Buddha. Now we are going to learn about Esoteric traditions of Samantabhadra Buddha.

Esoteric traditions of Samantabhadra

Now, we will learn about the esoteric traditions of Samantabhadra.

Samntabhadra is also known as and Visvabhadra, the different names are also foregrounded in different attributes and essence-qualities. Samantabhadra appears in the Vajrayana text the Kunjed Gyalpo , as the Primordial Buddha the embodiment or field of timeless awareness, gnosis awakened since before the very beginning.

In , the Nyingma, or Old Translation school, the and the schools view Samantabhadra as the Primordial Buddha. However, the Kagyu is the schools that have use Vajradhara to represent the Primordial Buddha. Dzongsar Khyentse following the Nyingmapa tradition qualifies the nature and essence of Samantabhadra are listed below:

  1. The Primordial Buddha
  2. The origin-less wellspring of the timeless
  3. Unbounded Atiyoga teachings,

He has honored the converse view entertained by some interested parties which hold that the Dzogchen teachings originated with either the Bonpo tradition or the Chinese Samantabhadra who is not subject to limits of time, place, or physical conditions.

Samantabhadra is not a colored being with two eyes, etc. Samantabhadra has also known as the unity of awareness and emptiness the unity of appearances and emptiness the nature of , clarity with unceasing that is Samantabhadra from the very beginning.

Previously, we learn about the life of Samantabhadra Buddha and the iconography of Samantabhadra Buddha,  depicting Bodhisattva Samantabhadra Buddha, and 10 Vows of Samantabhadra Buddha. And finally, we learn about the Esoteric traditions of Samantabhadra Buddha.

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