HALL OF WATER 水大之殿

Deities of the Lotus 莲花部诸尊

Chamber 2 第二堂

Bodhisattva Stupa-mahasri 卒都波大吉祥菩萨 also known as the Vajra of Joyous Benefit. Stupa refers to the 5 Elements that constitutes all sentient beings. This deity manifests the joy of liberation in the midst of the endless cycles of birth & death that sentient beings experience. In the Garbhakosa Mandala, he is located in the middle row of the Lotus Court, 2nd from the top. His flesh is white, & in each hand holds a fully bloomed lotus. The lotus in the left hand represents the mind of sentient beings, & the one in the right the mind of the Buddhas. Together they represent that the mind of a sentient being is fundamentally no different from that of a Buddha - the non-dual truth. His mantra is:

Om aryastupa-mahasri svaha

 

Bodhisattva Yashodhara 耶输陀罗菩萨 also known as the Vajra of Demonstration. Yashodhara means "maintaining honor". She is the consort of Prince Siddhartha, the Buddha's human form, & the mother of Thera Rahula. In the Garbhakosa Mandala she is located in the middle row of the Lotus Court, 3rd from the top. Her fundamental vow is the same as that of Willow-Leaf Avalokitesvara - to adapt to the different minds of sentient beings in order to teach them the truth. Her flesh is golden, & she is richly adorned with jewels, resembling a celestial maiden. In her left hand is a branch of leaves, which can appear as ever changing to demonstrate her skillful means. The right hand forms the mudra of wish fulfillment. Her Garbhakosa mantra is:

Namah samanta buddhanam yam yashodharaya svaha

 

Bodhisattva Mahasri-mahavidya 大吉祥大明菩萨 also known as the Vajra of Spiritual Gift. In the Garbhakosa Mandala he is located in the middle row of the Lotus Court, 3rd from the bottom. He is flesh-colored, seated on a red lotus. He holds a stalk of fully bloomed lotus in his left hand & his right hand forms fist with the little finger protruded. Mahasri implies pure lotus samadhi, free from birth & death, & mahavidya implies limitless opportunity to be guided to the Dharma - the highest gift. His Garbhakosa mantra is:

Namah samanta buddhanam ksah dah ra yam kam

 

 

Bodhisattva Mahasrividya 大吉祥明菩萨 also known as the Vajra of Constant Rejoicing. In the Garbhakosa Mandala he is located in the middle row of the Lotus Court, 2nd from the bottom. His flesh is white, & is seated upon a white lotus. In his left-hand holds a stalk of half bloomed lotus, & the right forms a mudra of reverence. Together they represent this deity's constant reverence & joy for all sentient beings that are journeying towards enlightenment. His mantra is:

Om mahasrividye svaha

And the Garbhakosa version is the same as that of Mahasri-mahavidya above.

 

Bodhisattva Sivavahavidya 寂留明菩萨 also known as the Vajra of the Light of Concentration. This fierce deity represents the path of Amitabha Dhyana, & manifests the virtue of a calmed & unmoving mind. In the Garbhakosa Mandala he is located at the bottom of the middle row in the Lotus Court. Flesh-colored, he is seated on a red lotus. His left hand forms the mudra of energy, & the right forms a palm facing outwards. Garbed in fluttering celestial robes & raising the left knee, he resembles the Wind Deva. His mantra is:

Om sivavahavidye svaha

And the Garbhakosa version is the same as that of Mahasri-mahavidya above.

 

Bodhisattva Padmakulodbhava 莲花部发生菩萨 also known as the Vajra of Limitlessness. His name means "one who produced the Lotus Race", & he is limitless in his power to produce. Thus in the Garbhakosa Mandala he is located at the top of the 1st row in the Lotus Court. His flesh is white, & is seated on a red lotus. He holds a stalk of fully bloomed lotus in the left hand, & the right forms a mudra of consolation. Together they represent the confirmation that the possibility for sentient beings to realize full enlightenment is infinite. His Garbhakosa mantra is the same as that of Mahasri-mahavidya above.

 

Bodhisattva Gauri-mahavidya 大明白身菩萨 also known as the Vajra of Releasing Light or Constant Purity. Thus named as he is a deity manifesting perfect purity & freedom from defilement. In the Garbhakosa Mandala he is located in the 1st row of the Lotus Court, 2nd from the bottom. His flesh is pale yellow, & is seated on a red lotus. In the left hand he holds a fully bloomed lotus & his right forms a mudra of wish fulfillment. If there are sentient beings desiring absolute freedom this deity is able to grant their wishes by his virtue. His Garbhakosa mantra is the same as that of Mahasri-mahavidya above.

 

 

 

 

 

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