Kṣitigarbha is a bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism and usually depicted as a Buddhist monk. His name may be translated as "Earth Treasury", "Earth Store", "Earth Matrix", or "Earth Womb". Kṣitigarbha is known for his vow to take responsibility for the instruction of all beings in the six worlds between the death of Gautama Buddha and the rise of Maitreya, as well as his vow not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. He is therefore often regarded as the bodhisattva of hell-beings, as well as the guardian of children and patron deity of deceased children and aborted fetuses in Japanese culture, where he is known as Jizō or Ojizō-sama.
Kṣitigarbha is also known as bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism who is usually depicted as a Buddhist monk in the Orient. Ksitigarbha is known for his vow not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. Therefore, Ksitigrabha is also regarded as the bodhisattva of hell-beings.
The Life of Ksitigarbha
In this portion, we are going to learn about the life of Ksitigarbha, after that, we will present the short etymological description of the .
The subject depicted in this thangka is called Guruparampara, a “Line of Teachers.”
It depicts the family tree of Nyingma lineage, as it were, and its function is to indicate a line of descent.
The meaning of this presentation is to show a refuge for believers. It creates a kind of structure with a number of deities and teachers in whom devotees take refuge, because they will help believers in the course of their spiritual development.