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Basic Buddhism 6: Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta – A Powerful Bodhisattva That Gives Us Inner Strength!

Published Agosto 15, 2016 by jptan2012

Today, you will receive two different posts. I have written these articles in advance already and are scheduled for automatic posting because one is the birthday of the said Bodhisattva, and the other is to give you enough time to prepare for the ritual.

It is quite exciting for me to write this post because on this post I will be introducing you to another powerful and highly revered Bodhisattva that is usually mistaken as Bodhisattva Kuan Yin (also spelled as Guan Yin, or known as Avalokitesvara, Kannon, Cannon, Guan Shi Yin, Kuan Shi Yin).

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Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva / Da Shi Zhi Pu Sa

Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva, like Kuan Yin Bodhisattva is actually a Bodhisattva Mahasattva, which means he is one of those higher Bodhisattvas. Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva is also known in Chinese as Da Shi Zhi Pu Sa. He is actually one of the three sages in Pure Land Buddhism that can be differentiated from by Guan Yin Bodhisattva with the jeweled pitcher adorning his/her crown. In Pure Land Buddhism, Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva is usually depicted in his/her female form.

A lot of Buddhist lineage considers Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta as representing wisdom, which makes him/her similar to Bodhisattva Manjushri. However, the difference, as his/her name means “arrival of great strength”, her form of wisdom is more in the form in inner strength in times of adversity.

Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva or Da Shi Zhi Pu Sa is part of the Amita Trinity, which consists of Amitabha Buddha, Guan Yin Bodhisattva, and Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva. He/She is also one the Eight Great Bodhisattvas in Mahayana Buddhism, here he/she is along with Bodhisattva Kuan Yin, Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, Bodhisattva Manjushri, Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, Bodhisattva Akasagarbha, Bodhisattva Sarvanjyarana – Vishkambhin (which I will write about soon), and Bodhisattva Maitreya or is more popularly known as the Happy Fat Buddha.

Some Buddhist lineages sometime equate Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta with Bodhisattva Vajrapani, which makes her a very powerful Bodhisattva. Like Vajrapani Bodhisattva, she is also considered as a PROTECTOR OF THE BUDDHA. The SUTRA OF INFINITE LIFE talks about Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva in high regards.

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From left to right: Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva, Amitabha Buddha, Kuan Yin Bodhisattva

The Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia has this to say about Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva:

In the Shurangama Sutra, Mahasthamaprapta tells of how he gained enlightenment through the practice of Buddha recitation, or continuous pure mindfulness of Amitābha, to obtain samādhi. In the Contemplation Sutra, Mahāsthāmaprāpta is symbolised by the moon while Avalokiteśvara is represented by the sun.
 Mahasthamaprapta (Sanskrit, “One Who Has Obtained Great Power”) awakens in humans their need to be liberated from Samsara. In Pure Land Buddhism he is often paired with Avalokiteshvara in association with Amitabha Buddha; Avalokiteshvara enacts Amitabha’s compassion, and Mahasthamaprapta brings to humanity the power of Amitabha’s wisdom.

Today is Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta’s Birthday or Feast day, and by chanting her mantra, we will definitely get some blessings. But more than that Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva’s is a great Bodhisattva to help us overcome addictions, or problems that has something to do with inner determination.

Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta’s mantras are the following:

HUM VAJRA PHAT (pronounced as Pay) OM VAJRA CHANDA (pronounced as Zhanzha) MAHA RO (pronounced as Luo) KHA NA HUM PHAT (pronounced as Pay).

also

NAMO DA SHI ZHI PU SA

 

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Guardian Buddha Base on the Animal Zodiac

Published Enero 16, 2012 by jptan2012

Very much similar to the patron saints of Catholics. The Buddhist has Patron Buddha or Bodhisattva base on the animal zodiac.

Depending on your animal sign you have a corresponding Guardian Buddha. It is said that you, base on your animal zodiac, has an immediate affinity with your Guardian Buddha.

Praying to your Guardian Buddha and or chanting their mantra brings you protection and blessings.

AVALOKITESVARA si the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of the RAT.

Avalokitesvara is one of the most revered Bodhisattva. He is popularly known as Kuan Yin in Chinese Buddhism and as Cannon in Japanese Buddhism. Avalokistesvara is also known as the Buddha of Compassion, although, as mentioned He is actually not a Buddha but rather a Bodhisattva.

The mantra of Avalokitesvara is OM MANI PADME HUM.

Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compansion

Avalokitesvara's femaie manifestation is popularly known as Kuan Yin in China. Kuan Yin means 'The One Who Hears the Cries of the World'.

Avalokitesvara or Kuan Yin is known as Cannon in Japan. Notice that even though the image looks feminine, the breast is exposed and its flat signifying a breast of a man. This is to signify that Kuan Yin has no gender.

AKASAGARBHA is the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of the OX and TIGER.

Akasagarbha Buddha is also known as the ‘Boundless Space Treasury’ Buddha. He is sometimes considered as twin brother of Ksitigarbha Buddha. He is a Buddha who bestows wisdom through enlightenment.

The mantra of Akasagarbha is OM VAJRA RATNA TRAH SOHA.

Akasagarbha is not a Buddha but a Bodhisattva.

MANJUSHRI is the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of the RABBIT.

Manjushri is the Bodhisattva of wisdom and awareness associated with spiritual studies or pursuits. He also brings education and marriage luck.

The mantra of Manjushri is OM A RA PA CHA NA DIH.

Manjushri is a disciple of Sakyamuni Buddha. He is also a great Bodhisattva.

SAMANTABHADRA is the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of the DRAGON and SNAKE.

Samantabhadra is perhaps one of the most misinterpreted and un-identified Bodhisattva in Chinese Buddhism. While he is highly revered in Tibetan. In China, his female manifestation is often thought of as Kuan Yin. However, Samantabhadra is easily identified because He/She usually seats a top an Elephant. Samantbhadra together with fellow Bodhisattva Manjushri is a disciple of the Buddha Sakyamuni. If Manjushri is known as the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, Samantabhadra is known as the Bodhisattva of Truth.

The mantra of Samantabhadra is OM AH HUM AH A KAR SA LE OD A YANG OM DU

Bodhisattva Samantabhadra

MHASTHAMAPRAPTA  (pronounced with an A after the M. MA-HAS-THA-MA-PRAP-TA) is the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of the HORSE.

Mhasthamaprapta is also a misinterpreted Bodhisattva. In Chinese Buddhism He/She is usually mistaken as the Kuan Yin. Some think Mhasthamaprapta is a lesser Bodhisattva but He is actually one of the Eight Great Bodhisattva. Mhasthamaprapta aids an enlightenment of a person if they seek the Sutra of Infinite Light.

Unfortunately, I’m not well versed yet with the mantra of Mhasthamaprapta and is unable to share it here.

Mhastamaprapta is very hard to diffenrentiate from Kuan Yin. But the clue is how she holds the flower which is a lotus. Kuan Yin holds a willow. Also she's always on the right side of Amitabha Buddha. Kuan Yin is on the left side. Facing them Mhastamaprapta is on our left and Kuan Yin is on our right.

VAIROCANA is the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of the SHEEP and MONKEY.

Vairocana is a Celestial Buddha and is often interpreted as the Bliss Body of the Historical Buddha Gautama Buddha. He is a Buddha who grants wisdom and enlightenment.

The mantra of Vairocana is OM VAIROCANA HUM.

Buddha Vairocana

ACALA is the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of ROOSTER.

Acala is the principal destroyer of delusion and protector of Buddhism. Acala helps purifies negative karma and is a powerful Buddha for those who are in need of self control.

The mantra of Acala is NAMAH SAMANTA VAJRANAM CANDA MAHAROSANA SPHOTAYA HUM TRAT HAM MAM.

Acala Buddha. Notice how in Buddhism and Taoism there are gods whose images are wrathful and might seem 'demonic' to Christians and Westeners. But wratful gods are just representation of their protective powers and a lot of the wrathful gods are also good wealth gods.

AMITABHA is the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of the DOG and BOAR.

Amitabha is one of the most revered Buddhas. He is also called as the ‘Buddha of Infinite Light’. Amitabha greatly bestows blessings to those who earns good karma. He is also a powerful protector Buddha.

The mantra of Amitabha is OM AMI DEWA HRIH.

Amitabha Buddha

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