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Vajrasattva

posted on 23 Apr 2008 14:57 by dzibeads in STATUEs
Vajrasattva is regarded as Adi-Buddha by Nepalese Vajra-charyas who follow Vajrayana tradition according to the text Vajrasattvakaya. Vajrasattva is always crowned, with or without his shakti(or consort). His body is white in colour with one face and two hands. he generally holds vajra in his right hand against his chest but the vajra may be balanced on its point in the palm of his hand. His left hand holds a bell at his side. He sits in the Vajraparyanka posture wearing precious silks and ornaments with jewel. His body is adorned with 32 major and 80 minor marks of a Sambhogakaya and emits a clear limitless light. It appears to lack all notion of substantiality, like the reflection of moon in water.

Vajrasattva has father-mother ( Yab-Yum or Shakti) aspect too. Generally this form is not exhibited in open. It is shown only to those who are initiated in Highest Yoga Tantra. His form is the same as in the single one but his consort carries a KARTIKA The Curved Knife or Chopper  in her right hand and a kapala in her left hand.


GOLDEN VAJRASATTVA THANKA BY Tseden Namgyal, painted on 2005. Size 43x33cm

Vajrasattva is said to have been originated from seed syllable Hum and is generally invoked for removal of obscuration of conflicting emotions (Kleshavarana) and obstruction to Omniscience (Jneyavarana).
His hundred syllable mantra is very efficacious in purifying our defilements through confession practice. It is said if confession is done with the four opponent powers, then non-virtuous actions or obscurations will be purified.
The first opponent power is the force of reliance. This means looking upon the visualized image of Vajrasattva as the embodiment of one’s refuge.
The second opponent power is the sincere regret for the non-virtuous action done by oneself.
The third opponent power is desisting from evil deeds.
The fourth opponent power is to apply power of good deeds; and specially regarding this case, practicing the meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva without parting from Bodhicitta while remaining in the state of emptiness.

Vajrasattva's hundred syllable mantra is very efficacious in purifying our defilements through confession practice.

Vajra-sattva is a very popular tutelary deity for Nepalese Vajracaryas. He is worshipped very often by Nepalese Buddhists through Gurumandala ritual. The Svabhavika sect in Nepal identified Swabhava or Swa [own], bhava [nature] Adi-Buddha with Vajrasattva, who, according to the Nepalese Buddhist writings, manifested himself on Mount Sumeru in the following manner. A lotus-flower of precious jewels appeared on the summit of mountain which is the center of the universe, and above it arose a moon-crescent upon which,' supremely exalted', was seated Vajrasattva.

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MOTHER GODDESS GREEN TARA

posted on 20 Apr 2008 15:31 by dzibeads in STATUEs
GREEN TARA [Sanskrit: Syamatara],
Mudra [posture]: vitarka (argument) & varad (charity) mudra,
Symbol: Blue lotus [utpala].

Tibetan Lamaism considers Green Tara to be the original Tara. In fact, the Tibetan name for the goddess is do-ngon, which means 'the original Tara' but ngon, original has sometime been interpreted by some Lama with sngo, meaning 'green', and the epithet 'green' has become inseparable from this form of Tara, which symbolizes the Divine Energy.
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Green Tara is represented seated on a lotus-throne, the right leg pendant, with the foot supported by a small lotus, the stem of which is attached to the lotus throne. She is slender, graceful in her pose, and dressed like a Bodhisattva and wears the five-leafed crown. These leaves of crown symbolize five Dhyani-Buddhas. Some time in her crown, the five Dhyani-Buddhas are figured.
Her hair is abundant and wavy. Her right hand is in varad or 'charity' mudra, and her left, which is in 'argument' mudra, holds the lotus.
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She has two full open [human] eyes, where as her another manifestation the White Tara has seven meditation [half-closed] eyes. The goddess may also be represented with a small image of Amoghasiddhi [one of the five Dhyani-Buddhas] in her headdress.

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God Of Wealth JAMBALA

posted on 09 Apr 2008 20:31 by dzibeads in STATUEs

Jambala (also spell as Dzambala ) is the God of wealth and appropriately a member of the Jewel family. In hindu Mythology Jambala known as Kuber. Is also believed to be an emanation of Avalokiteshwor Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion , manifesting as the wealth-giving Buddha. About manifest of Chenrezig, the story goes that Lama Atisha, a very revered high lama of the Gelug-pa tradition, was walking in Bodhgaya when he encounter an old man dying of starvation. Lama Atisha very sad about old man's suffering . Lama Atisha doesn't have any food to offer old man, so immediately cut his flesh to offer the old man. “How can I eat a monk’s flesh?” the old man refused to eat flesh. Lama Atisha lay down, feeling sad and helpless when a white light suddenly appears before him. It is the Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshwor, says to Atisha, “I will manifest as Jambhala, the Buddha of wealth to help suffering beings. I shall alleviate their poverty so they will not be distracted from practising the good heart.’

  Everybody wants money! As everyone knows, when one is rich, it is easier to be unselfish and to develop an attitude of generosity.( Jambala With Five meditation Buddha Thanka hand Painting. ) The rich gold colouring of his skin represents increase and growth: in the short term, he can bring us material wealth and help us out of poverty but more importantly, his practice or worship can also bring us to spiritual wealth and personal growth to become a better person. As with all Buddhas, his practice can help us gain the ultimate attainment of enlightenment. So the purpose of worship or practicing Jambala is to eliminate the insecurity of worrying about money so that one is not distracted by poverty and lack of funds. The best way to request help from the Jambala is by making continuous water offerings to him. If possible, do also try to simultaneously recite the appropriate mantras, and then the practice will be extremely powerful.

His form is short, fat and strong, which comes from a time when it was widely believed that obesity is synonymous with wealth and luxury. His face carries an arrogant expression and sits in royal posture. This acts as a warning to tell us if we continue to look and act in this arrogant way in our attempts to get material wealth, we actually gain poverty instead. So Think! Is our greed hurting others?

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BODHISATWA MANJUSHREE

posted on 09 Feb 2008 18:35 by dzibeads in STATUEs

MANJUSHREE God of transcendent Wisdom

Posture of Hands [Mudra]: Dharmacakra [Wheel of doctrine],

Symbols: khadga [sword], utpala [lotus], and prajnaparamita [wisdom book],

Sakti [consort]: Goddess Sarasvati,

Body color: saffron.

Manjushree, personification of Transcendent Wisdom, and embodiment of the discriminative awareness [prajna] He is also the first among other Boddhisattvas according to Mahayana Buddhist scriptures. In the Namasangiti [Mahayana scripture] he is called 'Adi-Buddha', or pre-moral Buddha, while in some of the text of sutras he is referred to as an historical character.

Chinese Buddhist cannon claims that Manjushree was informed by Gautama Buddha to turn the Wheel of Buddha's Law for the salvation of the Chinese and the place chosen for the manifestation was Pancasirsha [mountain of five peaks of five different colors of diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and lapis lazuli] When the time came for the manifestation of Manjushree, Gautama Buddha caused a golden ray to burst from his forehead. It pierced a jambu-tree, which grew from the foundation of mountain Pancasirsha. A lotus sprang from the tree, and 'from the interior of the flower was born the prince of sages, Arya Manjushree. His color was yellow; he had one face and two arms; in the right hand he brandished the sword of Wisdom; in his left, he carried a book on a lotus utpala; he was endowed with the superior and inferior marks of beauty; he was covered with many ornaments and he was resplendent.

In the Swayambhu-purana, it is related that Manjushree left Mount Pancasirsha to visit the shrine of Swayambhu [presently in Kathmandu, Nepal], which was on a mountain in the center of Lake Kalihrada. He found the lake filled with aquatic monsters and the temple inaccessible. He therefore 'opened with his sword a valley on the southern side of the lake [presently CHOVAR], the waters of the lake drained through the opening, leaving dry land at the bottom, and this was the Katmandu, the capital city of Nepal. So, he is believed as founder of civilization in Nepal and a 'Wanderer' [mendicant Buddhist priest] who propagated Buddhism into Nepal.

 

Manjushree is worshiped in different forms and name. Like he is in one form found seated on lion is known as Manjughosa (Right Image). These different forms of him are practiced for different purpose of Buddhist Sadhana, has two distinctive types: one with the sword and book, which is his more usual form, and the other with the utpala or blue lotus. The sword symbolizes the cleaving asunder [dissipating] of the clouds of Ignorance; the book is the prajnaparamita, Treatise on Transcendent Wisdom.

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