Virudhaka is a major deity in Buddhism. Virudhaka is a symbol of success and progress. Virudhara is the ruler of the wind. His sword is to protect Dharma and also to symbolize power over ignorance. Virudhaka is the Guardian of the Southern Direction. Virudhaka, leader of the Kumbhanda, is a worldly guardian worshipped as a protector. He lives on the south side of the lower slopes of Mount Meru in the Heaven of the .
Mahakala is a male Buddhist tantric deity. He is the protector deity known as a Dharmapala in Vajrayana Buddhism, especially most Tibetan traditions, in Tangmi and in Japanese Esoteric Buddhism. Maha literally translates as great and Kala signifies time or death, hence Mahakala means “beyond the time” or “Great Black One“. Mahakala is a protector deity and specifically the primary Wisdom Protector of Himalayan and Tibetan Buddhism. In some cases, Mahakala can also be .
Siddhartha Guatama Buddha, also often referred to as Sakyamuni, was a spiritual teacher upon whose lessons the foundations for Buddhism were formed. He is regarded as the Supreme Buddha and is the first enlightened individual to be visualized. Despite some confusion from those who do not follow Buddhism, it is important to note that the Buddha was not considered to be a God. He was rather a mere human, like the rest of us, .
Navaratri, the Sanskrit word for “nine nights”, also called Durga Puja is a major festival held in India for the honor of the divine feminine. There are two festivals of Navaratri: Chaitra Navaratri and Sharad Navaratri or Maha Navaratri. Chaitra Navaratri occurs during the spring season. Rama Navami, the birthday of great Lord Rama, usually falls on the ninth day of Chaitra Navaratri and thus, Chaitra Navaratri is also known as Ram Navaratri. In .
The wheel of life is a symbolic representation of cyclic existence found on the outside walls of Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries in the Indo-Tibetan region. This pictorial thangka presents basic Buddhist concepts such as karma and rebirth in a manner that can be understood by uneducated or illiterate people. Alternate translations for Bhavacakra include the Buddhist wheel of life, wheel of cyclic existence, wheel of becoming, etc. The Viability of the wheel of .
In Vajrayana Buddhism, Akshobhya is one of the Five Wisdom Buddhas who is known as a product of the Adibuddha, and also represents consciousness as an aspect of reality. By convention, Aksobhya is established in the east of the Diamond Realm and is the lord of the Eastern Pure Land Abhirati although the Pure Land of Akshobhya’s western counterpart Amitabha is far better known. His consort is Locana and he is also normally accompanied .
Vairocana is a Buddha who has also known as the embodiment of Dharmakaya and therefore can be seen as the universal aspect of the historical Gautama Buddha. In Sino-Japanese Buddhism, he seems to the embodiment of the Buddhist concept of shunyata or Emptiness. In the fifth Buddhism Conception of Vajrayana Buddhism, he is at the center. His consort is White Tara. The Vairocana statue in Nara’s Todai-Ji which is located in Japan is the .
According to the Gelug and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism, Vajradhara is also known as the ultimate Primordial Buddha or Adi Buddha. Vajradhara displaced Samantabhadra who remains the Primordial Buddha in the Nyingma or Ancient School and the Sakya school. However, the two are metaphysically equivalent. The Esse of Vajradhara In this portion, we are going to learn about the ease of Vajradhara, after the short etymological description of the word Vajradhara itself. Etymology .
Vajrayogini is a tantric Buddhist deity who is also called as Vajravarahi in Tantric Buddhism, or Vajrayana, a tradition in which she is considered the supreme deity more revered than any male buddha. She represents the path leading to female Buddhahood. She is also a dakini, a term that describes a female supernatural being or an accomplished yogini, and is considered the queen of the dakinis. Her name comes from the Sanskrit, vajra, which means “diamond” .
Wutaishan Mountain in China is considered special for the Buddhist deity/bodhisattva Manjushri. According to oral history and Chinese literature, it was Drogön Chögyal Phagpa who first talked about the five different forms of Manjushri. 5 forms of Manjushree are represented on each of the five peaks: central and four directions. The Five Manjushri forms are not depicted in a consistent manner. There are many iconographic differences appearing between the various paintings be they central .