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Ratnasambhava (Lit. "Jewel-Born")[1] is one of the Five Dhyani Buddhas (or "Five Meditation Buddhas") of Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism. Ratnasambhava's mandalas and mantras focus on developing equanimity and equality and, in Vajrayana Buddhist thought is associated with the attempt to destroy greed and pride. His consort is Mamaki and his mount is a horse or a pair of lions.

Ratnasambhava
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Sanskritरत्नसम्भव
Ratnasambhava
Chinese(Traditional)
寶生如來
(Simplified)
宝生如来
(Pinyin: Bǎoshēng Rúlái)
Japanese宝生如来ほうしょうにょらい
(romaji: Hōshō Nyorai)
Korean보생여래
(RR: Bosaeng Yeorae)
Mongolianᠡᠷᠳᠡᠨᠢ ᠭᠠᠷᠬᠣ ᠢᠢᠨ ᠣᠷᠣᠨ
Эрдэнэ гарахын орон
Erdeni garkhu yin oron
Tibetanརིན་ཆེན་འབྱུང་གནས་ or རིན་ཆེན་འབྱུང་ལྡན་
Wylie: rin chen 'byung gnas
THL: rin chen 'byung ldan
VietnameseBảo Sanh Như Lai
Information
Venerated byMahāyāna, Vajrayana
AttributesEquality, Equanimity
ShaktiMamaki
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Textual HistoryEdit

The first documented mention of Ratnasambhava is found in the Suvarṇaprabhāsa Sūtra and in the Guhyasamāja Tantra (4th Century CE), and he subsequently appears in a number of Vajrayana texts. The most elaborate account of him is to be found in the Pañcakara section of the Advayavajrasaṃgraha.

Ratnasambhava is also mentioned as one of the Buddhas worthy of praise in the Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Pūrvapraṇidhāna Sūtra, chapter 9:[2]

CharacteristicsEdit

 
The Wisdom King Gundari is a manifestation of Ratnasambhava.

Ratnasaṃbhava is associated with the skandha of feeling or sensation and its relationship with consciousness. His activity in promoting Buddhism is enriching and increasing knowledge of Dharma. Ratnasambhava is associated with the jewel symbol, which corresponds with his family, Ratna or jewel. In artwork he is shown in the mudra of giving.

He is usually coloured yellow or gold. He is associated with the element earth, the heavenly quarter of the south and the season of spring. His cardinal direction is the south. His Buddha field is known as Śrimat.

In the Bardo Thodol, he is depicted in union with Mamaki and attended by the male bodhisattvas Ākāśagarbha and Samantabhadra and the female bodhisattvas Mala and Dhupa.

In Tibet, Vaiśravaṇa, also known as Jambhala and Kubera, is considered a worldly dharmapāla, and is often depicted as a member of the retinue of Ratnasambhava.[3]

His wrathful manifestation is the Wisdom King Gundari.[4]

NotesEdit

 
Ratnasambhava, around 1200, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  1. ^ http://redzambala.com/buddhism/buddha-aspects/ratnasambhava-wisdom-of-equality-and-abundance.html
  2. ^ Shih, Tao-tsi. The Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha's Fundamental Vows (2nd ed.). Sutra Translation Committee of the United States and Canada. p. 63.
  3. ^ Meeting the Buddhas By Vessantara. Windhorse Publications, 2004. ISBN 0-904766-53-5 pg 84
  4. ^ Hackin, Joseph. Asiatic Mythology 1932. Books.google.com. p. 428. Retrieved 2013-06-14.

ReferencesEdit

  • Mythology of India: Myths of India, Sri Lanka and Tibet, Rachel Storm, Anness Publishing Limited, Editor Helen Sudell, Page 69, Column 1, Lines 9–18, Caption, Page 69, Column 4, Lines 1–4
  • Five Dhyani Buddhas Table 1, Row 4, Columns 1–5, Table 2, Row 2, Columns 1–12

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