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The Five Dhyani Buddhas

The Five Dhyani Buddhas are Vairochana, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha and Amoghasiddhi.

In this thangka painting,from left to right is Akshobhya,Ratnasambhava,Vairochana,Amitabha and Amoghasiddhi.

Akshobhya,blue in color,he lived in the eastern part of the universe,who embodies the great perfect mirror wisdom;
Ratnasambhava,gold in color,he lived in the southern part of the universe,who embodies the wisdom of equality in nature;
Vairochana,white in color,he lived in the central part of the universe,who embodies the complete wisdom of the essential nature of the dharmadhatu;
Amitabha,red in color,he lived in the western part of the universe,who embodies the wisdom of subtle observing wisdom ;
Amoghasiddhi,green in color,he lived in the northern part of the universe,who embody the wisdom that is developed through practice.

Tibetan Buddhists believe that the Adi-Buddha, the primordial and highest being, created the Dhyani Buddhas by his meditative powers.

The Five Dhyani Buddhas are celestial Buddhas visualized during meditation. The word Dhyani is derived from the Sanskrit dhyana, meaning "meditation." The Dhyani Buddhas are also called Jinas ("Victors" or "Conquerors") and are considered to be great healers of the mind and soul. They are not historical figures, like Gautama Buddha, but transcendent beings who symbolize universal divine principles or forces. They represent various aspects of the enlightened consciousness and are guides to spiritual transformation.

Each Dhyani Buddha is associated with certain attributes and symbols. Each one embodies one of the five wisdoms, which antidote the five deadly poisons that are of ultimate danger to man's spiritual progress and keep him tied to worldly existence. Buddhists teach that the Dhyani Buddhas are able transmute the five poisons into their transcendent wisdoms. The Tibetan Book of the Dead recommends that the devote meditate on the Dhyani Buddhas so that their wisdoms will replace the negative forces he has allowed to take hold within.

Each Buddha rules over one of the directions of space al one of the cosmic realms of ether, water, earth, fire and air. The Dhyani Buddhas also personify the five skandhas, components that make up cosmic existence as well as human personality. These components are consciousness, form, feeling, perception and volition.

In addition, each Dhyani Buddha is associated with a specific color, mudra (hand gesture), symbolic animal that suppe his throne, sacred symbol and bija (seed syllable). The bija represents the essence of the Dhyani Buddha. It can be used along with the sacred syllable Om and the Buddha's name to create mantra, a series of mystic syllables that have an esoteric meaning. In Hinduism and Buddhism, disciples recite mantras to evoke the power and presence of a divine being. In some traditions, devotees use mantras in meditation to help them be one with the deity they are invoking.

 


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Amitabha Buddha

Amitabha Buddha (Tibetan: san gye o pame, English: the Buddha of Boundless Light) .

Seated in the perfect posture of meditation, red in colour with one face and two hands, blue-black hair in tufts with a red top-knot ornament and the split ears of a prince, he wears the patched saffron robes of a fully ordained monk. The two hands are placed in the lap in the mudra (gesture) of meditation and hold a black begging bowl filled with nectar. With the two legs folded in vajra posture seated above a pink lotus and peacock supported throne, he is surrounded by a dark blue and orange nimbus and green areola under a canopy mounted in a wish-fulfilling tree blossoming behind with various flowers and fruits, adorned with hanging jewels.

Amitabha is also one of the five dhyani buddhas, embodiment of discriminating wisdom. Amitabha is usually portrayed as having two assistants: Avalokitesvara(also considered as his incarnation, white in color) who appears on his left and Mahasthamaprapta(blue in color) who appears on his right.

NO. AMT002 Amitabha Buddha NO. AMT003 Amitabha Buddha

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Aksobhya

Aksobhya is one of the five cosmic Buddhas- the spiritual sons who emanated from the Adi Buddha. Regarded as the second Dhyani-Buddha, he is the embodiment of the cosmic element vijana (consciousness) and represents the winter, the faculty of hearing and all elements of ether and sounds. This imperturbable Buddha has a comparable posture and meaning to that of the historical Buddha Gautama Sakyamuni in his guise as the conqueror of the demon Mara (the evil spirit). Aksobhya is 'the lord of the east', transforming the dangerous human affliction of anger, one of the most potent obstructions to enlightenment, into perfection and wisdom.

At the center of this thangka, dark blue in colour, is buddha Akshobhya. The right hand is extended across the knee in the mudra of earth touching. The left placed in the lap in the mudra of meditation supports a gold upright vajra - the sign of the family. With the legs folded in vajra posture above a moon disc and pink lotus seat, he is surrounded by a nimbus of yellow light.

At the top centre is Samantabhadra(dharmakaya),with his consort(Yabyum).

NO. AKS002 Aksobhya


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Samantabhadra Yabyum

Samanatabhadra (Tibetan: kun tu zang po) imbosom his consort, also called: Dharmakaya Samantabhadra.

The primordial Buddha of the Nyingma School. Samantabhadra is renowned as the "first buddha,"(Adi-buddha) since he is the primordial perfection of all enlightened qualities, and is the ruler, or guru, of all buddhas. Samantabhadra is the originally pure state of supreme emptiness-the ground of being for all beings and all buddhas-in the form of a deity with face and hands. He is the symbol for the fact that mind is imbued with the seed of buddhahood.

NO. SAM002 Samantabhadra Yabyum

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Medicine Buddha

Medicine Buddha (Sanskrit: Bhaishajyaguru. Tibetan: sang gye men la. English: the Buddha, Guru of Medicine).

Also known as Vaidurya Prabha Raja, the King of Lapis Lazuli (or sapphire) Light, he is dark blue in colour with one face and two hands, held in the right, in the gesture of supreme generosity, a myrobalan plant (Latin: terminalia chebula. Skt.: haritaki). The left hand is placed in the lap in the gesture of meditation supporting the black begging bowl of a monk - filled with nectar. Adorned with the patchwork robes of a fully ordained monk and the left arm covered, appearing in the nirmanakaya aspect of a buddha he is seated in vajra posture above a lotus and lion supported tiered throne.

The victorious one, the Medicine Buddha, was born of our compassionate Teacher's healing meditative absorption, which was to remove the sufferings of disease that arise from the various kinds of ignoble thoughts in the minds of beings. He elucidated the means to cure illnesses, and embodies the powerful force of motivation that can ease the pain of anyone who merely hears his name.

NO. MED002 Medicine Buddha NO. MED003 The 8 Medicine Buddhas

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Amitayus Buddha [The three Long-life Deities]

Amitayus, Buddha (Tibetan: tse pag me. English: the Enlightened One of Immesurable Life) Lord of Limitless Life and Pristine Awareness, the Sambogakaya aspect (Enjoyment Body) of Amitabha Buddha.

Amitayus, with a body red in colour, one face, two hands and with two long eyes glancing with compassion on beings, gazing on the entirety of migrators; and a smiling face, wearing the complete sambhogakaya vestments. Above the two hands held in meditation is a long-life vase filled with the nectar of immortality; with the hair in tufts, adorned with silks and jewels, seated in vajra posture above a lotus and lion supported tiered throne.

Amitayus is shown richly clad. His hair is painted blue and falls on either side of his shoulders. He has elongated earlobes like the Shakyamuni Buddha and has the urna (an auspicious tuft of hair between the eyebrows signifying superhuman quality).

In the lower part of the painting can be seen the three-faced Ushnishavijaya (Tib.: nam par gyal ma) at the left and to the right can be seen the White Tara (Tib.: drol ma kar mo). The presence of these two deities in this artwork is very significant since along with Amitayus, Ushnishavijaya and the White Tara form the triad of longevity deities in canonical Buddhist iconography.In Tibetan these three figures are known as the 'Tse Lha Nam Sum,' the Three Long-life Deities.

The victorious one Amitayus is aware of the unbearable sufferings of beings-death, illness, and so forth-and, due to a great love for them, has unsurpassable power to bestow the glory of long life and freedom from illness. Since this power has emanated thus as the victorious one Amitayus, this deity will confer on whoever remembers and relies on him the spiritual attainment of longevity and freedom hindrances.

NO. AMI002 Three Buddhas of Longevity NO. AMI003 Amitayus Yabyum

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