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  • Eight Great Bodhisattvas, or 'Eight Close Sons'— the main bodhisattvas in the retinue of Buddha Shakyamuni. Each fulfills a particular role to help beings. Symbolically they represent the pure state of the eight consciousnesses. Although the eight bodhisattvas or ‘close sons of the Buddha’ all possess the same qualities and powers, each one displays perfection in a particular area or activity.
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Eight Great Bodhisattvas, or 'Eight Close Sons'— the main bodhisattvas in the retinue of Buddha Shakyamuni. Each fulfills a particular role to help beings. Symbolically they represent the pure state of the eight consciousnesses. Although the eight bodhisattvas or ‘close sons of the Buddha’ all possess the same qualities and powers, each one displays perfection in a particular area or activity.

Mañjushri embodies wisdom;

Avalokiteshvara embodies compassion;

Vajrapani represents power;

Maitreya embodies love;

Kshitigarbha increases the richness and fertility of the land;

Akashagarbha has the perfect ability to purify transgressions.

Sarvanivaranavishkambhin purifies wrong-doing and obstructions;

Samantabhadra displays special expertise in making offerings and prayers of aspiration.

Among the immeasurable qualities of the Buddha, eight of his foremost qualities manifest as the eight bodhisattvas:

1) the personification of the Buddha’s wisdom (Tib. ཡེ་ཤེས་ཀྱི་རང་གཟུགས་, Wyl. ye shes kyi rang gzugs) is Bodhisattva Mañjuśrī;
2) the personification of the Buddha’s compassion (Tib. སྙིང་རྗེའི་རང་གཟུགས་, Wyl. snying rje’i rang gzugs) appears as Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara;
3) the personification of the Buddha’s power or capacity (Tib. ནུས་པའི་རང་གཟུགས་, Wyl. nus pa’i rang gzugs) is Bodhisattva Vajrapāṇi;
4) the personification of the Buddha’s activity (Tib. ཕྲིན་ལས་, Wyl. phrin las) is Bodhisattva Maitreya;
5) the personification of the Buddha’s merit (Tib. བསོད་ནམས་རང་གཟུགས་, Wyl. bsod nams rang gzugs) arises as Bodhisattva Kṣitigarbha;
6) the personification of the Buddha’s qualities (Tib. ཡོན་ཏན་གྱི་རང་གཟུགས་, Wyl. yon tan gyi rang gzugs) appears as Bodhisattva Sarvanīvaraṇaviṣkambhī;
7) the personification of the Buddha’s blessings (Tib. བྱིན་རླབས་ཀྱི་རང་གཟུགས་, Wyl. byin rlabs kyi rang gzugs) arises as Bodhisattva Ākāśagarbha; and
8) the personification of the Buddha’s aspirations (Tib. སྨོན་ལམ་གྱི་རང་གཟུགས་, Wyl. smon lam gyi rang gzugs) is manifest as Bodhisattva Samantabhadra.[

OLD! Set of Eight Great Bodhisattvas ~ Buddha Statues ~ Carved Stone Figurines in Silk Case ~ Positive Energy ~ Buddhism

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