Bodhisattvas

Guan Yin on a lotus.

Guan Shi Yin Avalokiteshvara’s Sacred Days Celebrating Birthday, Renunciation and Enlightenment: “Most Widely Beloved Buddhist Divinity”

From a Wang Du Thangka the magnetizing deities (left to right) Chenrezig (Padmapani), Amitabha (top) Hayagriva (right) and Vajradharma (bottom.)

Wangdu Great Cloud of Blessings: the 9 Magnetizing Activity Yidams of the Padma Buddha family: Amitabha, Kurukulla, Chenrezig, Hayagriva, Vajrayogini, Vajradharma, Padmaraja, Chakrasamvara, Guhyajnana

Composite feature image from Buddha Weekly illustrated Tara's green hands cradling the Earth.

April 22 is Earth Day, which makes it Tara’s day: nourishing, caring, mother-earth hands of Tara of the Khadira Fragrant Forest

Giant statue of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha.

Why is “Most loved” Kṣitigarbha (Jizo) “Essence of Earth” Bodhisattva revered and beloved in Mahayana Buddhism as the “closest” of all the Enlightened Ones

Maitreaya Bodhisattva, the Future Buddha, whose name means Loving Friend.

Maitreya Bodhisattva, the Future Buddha — the face of Love; the loving friend of all sentient beings

The 108 Forms of Avalokiteshvara (from video embedded in feature.)

Avalokiteshvara’s 108 main forms: one for each mala bead and one for each poison — the many faces of compassion

Eight Great Bodhisattvas surrounding the Buddha, 17th century Chinese painting.

8 Great Sons of Buddha: the 8 Bodhisattvas Represent the 8 Great Qualities of Buddha; Their Mantras and Why We Need These Qualities

The very face of compassion, Metta personified in glorious Avalokiteshvara, the compassionate Buddha.

Avalokitesvara compassion practices can “enhance treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma” say some scientists and clinicians. For the rest of us, his compassion brings us closer to bliss and wisdom.

Cundi Cunda Mother of Seven Million Buddhas, in her 18 armed form is moon white.

The Great Cundī Dhāraṇī Sūtra and the Great Mother Cunda: Benefits, Commentary, and Complete Verses

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“What Bodhisattvas Do” 37 Practices of All Bodhisattvas: the Total Path, a Daily Recitation, a Perfect Buddhist Practice and Lifestyle

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Tara’s Great Dharani and the Sutra of Tara Who Protects from the Eight Fears: in Tara’s Own Words

Face of a loving friend — Maitreya Buddha.

Celebrating Loving Kindness on Maitreya Day: Significance and Traditional Practices to Start the Lunar New Year Celebrating the Buddha-to-Come

Chitachakra Wish-Granting White Tara with a rainbow aura of colors representing the five activities and protective tents.

Chintachakra White Wish-Granting Wheel Tara: The All-in-One Mother of Buddhas in Vajrayana Buddhism – Her Significance, Mantra and Why Her Practice is Essential

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Video: Hayagriva’s Powerful Mantra 1 Hour of Chanting: King of Protections, Mantra for troubled times

Green Jambhala. Image available from Vajrayana Print on Etsy.

Green Jambhala and Wisdom Dakini: The Karma Family Activity of Prosperity, aspects of Tara and Amoghasiddhi Buddha

Vasudhara in her most popular form in Tibet, with Two arms, Golden Yellow holding a sheef of corn. She is an aspect of Tara, called Yellow Tara (11th Tara in the Nyingma 21 Taras Lineage), and she is none other than Mother Earth's Enlightened Form, who controls the ten Guardians of the World.

Stream of Gems Vasudhārā: The Buddhist Tara Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity; Mother Earth Who Witnessed Buddha’s Enlightenment

Yellow Jambhala

Yellow Jambhala: Path to Genorsity through Financial Stability and Spiritual Prosperity

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Immovable Lord Achala, Fudo Myoo, ferocious activity of compassion of Maha Vairochana

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Video: Samantabhadra’s King of All Prayers Dharani chanted in Sanskrit — a complete Buddhist practice with all seven limbs

Samantabhadra Bodhisattva's giant statue on the Golden Mount Emei. He is known in Chaina as Puxian.

Samantabhadra’s The King of Prayers is the ultimate Buddhist practice how-to and itself a complete practice

Marichi The Demon Slayer aspect of Tara video.

Marichi, Buddhist Goddess of Golden Light, Destroyer of Demons, Evil and Obstacles, 21st Tara: Video short documentary

Avalokiteshvara as the wonderful goddess Guanyin.

Devoted to compassion: How the practice of Guanyin Avalokiteshvara is powerful, healing, liberating and precious

Sitatapatra, a form of White Tara from Sutra, a protective supreme form who emerged from Shakyamuni Buddha's Ushnisha and is known to be most most protective of Enlightened Deities.

Sitatapatra or Dukkar — the ultimate protective Bodhisattva Goddess, form of Mother Tara — 1000 arms or 2 arms, she is “Aparajita” the Undefeatable One

A beautiful devotional practice is to paint your own statues. This beautiful "thanka painted" statue of Chittamani Tara started out as an unpainted bronze. Buddha Weekly's volunteer art director Kam Yu, as a devotional practice to Tara, beautifully painted and decorated a Chittamni Tara statue after filling with mantras and blessings. This is one of the most beautiful practices of devotion. He painted the flowers blue, and jewelry in gold foil. The body is matte varnished while the silk clothing with elaborate designs painted on, are glossy. As a final touch he added Turquoise and coral gems.

“Mind Jewel” Green Tara – a Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Chittamani Tara (Cittamani), Mother of all the Buddhas

The many faces of Wisdom and Compassion: Top right ferocious Yamantaka (two arms), top centre Yamantaka with nine heads — Manjushri's head on top — top right a rarer tantric form, centre bottom Orange Manjushri with Wisdom Sword, bottom right centre Peaceful Black Manjushri, bottom Right Wrathful black Manjushri and bottom left, the syllable Hum on a Lotus.

The eleven aspects of Manjushri — kind, wrathful, protective, teaching and “beastly” — white, yellow, black; father, mother, spiritual child

Kshitigarbha, the Earth Store Bodhisattva, saving millions of beings over countless years.

Four heroic incarnations of Ksitigarbha, the “Earth Store” Bodhisattva — unfailing, never-tiring compassion

Siddartha Buddha grew up in the palace and was an expert in martial arts.

Shakyamuni Buddha, born to “warrior caste” taught how to be a fearless Buddhist: overcoming ignorance and suffering with the “weapons” of wisdom and compassion

Shatideva and the Bodhisattva Way of Life, the Six Paramitas.

Shantideva’s Practical Guide to Developing Compassion from Suffering — “The Way of the Bodhisattva”

Close up detail face of Prajnaparamita, Wisdom Mother.

Prajnaparamita Yum Chenmo, the Face of Perfection: Wisdom Personified, “Emptiness is Form” Manifested: Great Mother of Wisdom

Statue of Guanyin.

Sacred outlook – seeing beyond ordinary perception in modern culture and American Buddhism

A Sutra cover with embossed images of the Three Great Ones: Manjushri centre, Avalokiteshvara (our left) and Vajrapani (our right).

Three Great Bodhisattvas of Wisdom, Compassion, and Power — Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani.

Guan Yin on a lotus.

Pacifier of War and Strife, Avalokiteshvara Guanyin Chenrezig — Bodhisattva delivering us from every danger; Chapter 25 Lotus Sutra

The fearsome power of great Vajrapani, who is always ready to "beat down" the obstacles to our practice.

Vajrapani, the “Hand of Buddha” defeats the poisons : pride, anger, hate and jealousy

Parnashavari is the 20th Tara emanation of the 21 (some traditions) and is "Supreme healer" emanation of Tara.

Healing Parnashavari — Tara’s Healing emanation: specialist in Contagious Disease, Illness, Pandemic: How to practice her mantra and sadhana

12-armed Red Ganapati is a treasured practice in Tibetan Buddhism, known for bringing auspiciousness and removing obstacles.

Buddhist Ganesha: popular Ganapati’s many forms include enlightened Yidam, protector, and “bringer of success”…

Many Faces of Avaolikiteshvara's compassion

Chenrezig: the many faces of Avalokiteshvara’s compassion — sometimes we need a father or mother, sometimes a friend, sometimes a warrior

Lord Manjushri in his full youthful splendour by Ben Christian. The flaming sword (Khadga) of Lord Manjushri represents "cutting through delusions" — the beginning of wisdom.

Youthful Manjushri: the flowering of wisdom; the gentle Buddha who cuts through ignorance with his flaming sword

Kshitigarbha (Jizo) can be recognized in images by his staff and monk robes.

Veneration Practice and Devotion According to the Ksitigarbha Sutra: Why Devotion is Not Superstition

Green Tara's kind face. Tara is known as Tara the Rescuer.

Mama Buddha Tara: Compassionate Action; Stories of Green Tara the Rescuer — How She Can Help You

Lovely statue of the great sage Lama Je Tsong Khapa.

Lama Tsongkhapa: A Short, Powerful Practice Helps Bring Compassion, Wisdom, Good Fortune, and Healing

Among the most iconic forms of the great Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is the
1000-Armed form, symbolic of the countless rescuing hands of compassion.

Avalokiteshvara’s Ten Prayers for happiness and well-being of all sentient beings chanted by Khenpo Pemo Choephel Rinpoche

Buddha taught that the unanswerable metaphysical questions were unimoportant to the practice of Buddhism. Clinging to notions of time, soul, eternal life and so on create attachments rather than help us overcome them.

Is there room for the supernatural in Western Buddhism? Four sutra views of magic and metaphysical and why a supernatural perspective helps “see beyond ordinary perception”

In the Surya Gupta tradition of 21 Taras, each Tara manifests with different appearances.

Part 3: 21 Taras of Mahasidda Suryagupta: after curing him of leprosy, Tara taught him Her Twenty-One forms

Bodhidharma meditating in his cave, facing the wall.

Bodhidharma’s Breakthrough Teaching: Shastra on Eradicating Appearances

Mantra activates the mind, blesses the mind, protects the mind.

“The Mind of One Buddha is the Mind of All Buddhas”; How “Jewel Collection Refuge” Can Help You Manage Your Commitments to Multiple Practices and Yidams

Giant statue of Padmasambhava

Tantra Helps “Stop Ordinary Perception”, and is the Fast Path to Enlightenment. But How Do Modern Buddhists Relate to Deities?

Kuan Yin Pusa, Goddess of Mercy, also known as Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva of Compassion.

Guan Shi Yin and the ten great protections of the Goddess of Mercy Kuanyin: Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva of Compassion

The glorious and compassionate Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha — the wish-fulfilling gem. He is especially beloved because of his role as the Bodhisattva who visited the "hell realms" to rescue suffering beings.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche and other teachers recommend Kṣitigarbha mantra and practice for times of disaster, especially hurricane and earthquake, because of the great Bodhisattva’s vow

Many news sources credit the relative calmness of the trapped Wild Boars football team to their coach, Ekapol Chantawong, previously a Buddhist monk, who taught them meditation techniques to help keep them calm.

How the Thai Cave Rescue inspires us as both humans, and Buddhists

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha is Green Tara's mantra. Green Tara is the rescuer, the mother of all the Buddhas and of all beings — Wisdom is mother — and she is known for her quick action on behalf of those who call her name for help.

Video: chanting Green Tara by Yoko Dharma; from our guided meditation series, Green Tara images and mantra to empower your practice

Migtsema chanting Lama Tsonkhapa Mantra chanted by Yoko Dharma

Video mantra chanting: Lama Tsongkhapa’s Migtsema wonderfully chanted by Yoko Dharma. Benefits: healing, compassion, metta, wisdom

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Part 3: Zasep Tulku Rinpoche discusses how to find a teacher; why its important to meditate on death; how to start with Deity Yoga; how wrathful Deities can be misunderstood; and the role of internet in Dharma teachings.

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Limitless Tara, Beyond the Green: Buddha, Bodhisattva, Savior, Mother of all the Buddhas, Goddess of Many Colors, Consort of Buddhas, Wisdom Mother, Action Hero…

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