Explaining White Manjushri Bodhisattva Buddhist Deity
White Manjushri is the bodhisattva of wisdom, from the Siddhaikavira Tantra in the tradition of Mati Panchen. An ocean of nectar, white and cool, with many elephants, geese, and waterfowl sporting and playing, calling out with sweet sounds, in the middle of that a lotus with a stem, branches, leaves, fruit and a marvelous sweet fragrance. Above a moon disc seat with cool rays of light shining forth to the ten directions.
Table of Contents
- 1 - The Life of White Manjushri
- 2 - Iconograhy of the White Manjushri
- 3 - Prajnaparamita
- 4 - Manjushri peaceful and wrathful deity
- 5 - Lineages of White Manjushri
The Life of White Manjushri
In this portion, we are going to learn about the life of white Manjushri, after that, we will learn the short etymological description of the word White Manjushri itself.
Etymology of white Manjushri
White Manjushri is known as jam pal Kar PO in Tiet. The meaning of White Manjushri is known as the White one of Glorious Melodious Speech in English.
Earlier, we learn about the life of White Manjushri. Now, we are going to learn about the iconography of the White Manjushri.
Iconograhy of the White Manjushri
Posture of White Manjushri
White Manjushri is beautiful, youthful, and calm in expression. He is white in color. he has one face and two hands. The hair is piled on the crown of the head with some falling loose across the shoulders.
The right hand is extended forward atop the knee performing the mudra of generosity with the palm facing outward. At the heart, delicately held between the fingers of the left hand, a green lotus stem rises above the left shoulder supporting a pink blossom topped with the Prajnaparamita sutra.
A gold and jewel crown, hair ribbons, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and anklets beautifully adorn the body. Draped across the shoulders a blue scarf twist around the arms and unfurls at both sides.
The lower body is covered with a short orange skirt and beneath that a long skirt of rainbow colors. With the legs folded in vajra posture, right over left, above a moon disc and multi-colored lotus blossom seat rising from a blue lotus pond he sits surrounded by a circle of radiant red light.
In the lotus pond below two elephants, white and grey, sport in the water amongst pink blossoms and waterfowl. Along the green earthen bank piles of heaped jewels display an array of color while the deep azure blue sky above is decorated with billowing clouds in shades of white, green, and blue.
The right hand is in the mudra of supreme generosity. The left holds a blue lotus to the heart, blossoming at the left shoulder and marked with the Prajnaparamita book. Seated firmly with the feet in vajra posture, with the major marks and blazing with light, adorned with various jewel ornaments, and wearing white silks.
Earlier, we learn about the life of White Manjushri and the iconography of the White Manjushri. Now, we are going to learn about prajnaparamita.
We will learn about the prajnaparamita.
It means “the Perfection of Wisdom” in Mahayana Buddhism. Prajnaparamita refers to this perfected way of seeing the nature of reality, as well as to a particular body of sutras and to the personification of the concept in the Bodhisattva known as the “Great Mother”. The word Prajnaparamita combines the Sanskrit words prajna “wisdom” with” paramita” perfection”.
Prajnaparamita is a central concept in Mahayana Buddhism and is generally associated with the doctrine of emptiness or ‘lack of Svabhava’ and the works of Nagarjuna. Its practice and understanding are taken to be indispensable elements of the Bodhisattva path.
Earlier, we learn about the life of White Manjushri, the iconography of the White Manjushri, and about prajnaparamita. Now, we are going to learn about Manjushri’s peaceful and wrathful deity.
Manjushri peaceful and wrathful deity
We are going to learn about Manjushri’s peaceful and wrathful deity.
The Siddhaikavira Tantra was first translated into Tibetan in the 11th century at the time of Lord Atisha and is classified as a Kriya Tantra. It describes numerous forms of Manjushri along with a host of other deities both peaceful and wrathful: Sarasvati, Jambhala, Vasudhara, Achala, etc.
Earlier, we learn about the life of White Manjushri, the iconography of the White Manjushri, about prajnaparamita, and Manjushri’s peaceful and wrathful deity. Now, we are going to learn about the lineage of White Manjushri.
Lineages of White Manjushri
We will learn about the list and the description of the lineages of White Manjushri.
The lineage of Teachers of Manjushri
- Lord Manjushri
- Acharya Jetari
- Maha Pandita Mati
- Kashmiri Pandita Shakyashri
- Sanggye Zhonuu
- Sonam Sherab
- Khenchen Sherab Gonpo
- Sharchen Yeshe Gyaltsen (Ludingpa)
- Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo
Manjushri is also known by the fuller name of Manjushrikumarabhuta, literally “Manjushri, Still a Youth” or, less literally, “Prince Manjushri”. Another deity name of Manjushri is Manjughoṣa.
Indian Pandits Engaged in Tibetan Translations of Buddhist Logic Acharya Jetari is the author of this book. The Buddhist logic had been manifested as a consequence of the writings of Dharma Kirti in the 7lh century and reappearing later.
Kashmiri Pandita Shakyashri
Shakya Shri Bhadra, whose immense learning was incomparable even in India, who was head of the famed dharma universities of Vikramashila and Nalanda, and who was continually blessed with visions of the mother of the buddhas, Arya Tara, was the last of the great Indian pandits to visit Tibet.
He is somehow less wellknown to Westerners than his two predecessors, perhaps because, unlike them, he did not compose a major text of his own; yet his impact was immense.
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Sharchen Yeshe Gyeltsen
Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo
According to the biography written by his chief disciple, Muchen Konchok Gyeltsen, Ngorchen’s father was Pontsang Drubpa Yonten, the “great attendant” of the Sakya Tsok, which was most likely a special section of the Sakya general assembly.
Earlier, we learn about the life of White Manjushri, the iconography of the White Manjushri, about prajnaparamita, and Manjushri’s peaceful and wrathful deity. And finally, we learn about the lineage of White Manjushri.