Posted by: danielfee | March 7, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 03-07-2012

Three Worthies of Huayan

Three Worthies of Huayan – Dazu, China

Manjushri Bodhisattva

Manjushri Bodhisattva

Vairocana Bodhisattva

Vairocana Bodhisattva

 Samantabhadra Bodhisattva

Samantabhadra Bodhisattva

The Huayan school is a sect of Chinese Buddhism that was established during the period at the end of the Sui and beginning of Tang Dynasty (c. 600-700 C.E.). The god is often depicted in a triad, called the Three Worthies which are Manjushri, Vairocana, and Samantabhadra which are venerated by the Huayan school.

Vairocana  is a celestial buddha who is often interpreted, in texts like the Flower Garland Sutra, as the Bliss Body (body of enjoyment) of the historical Buddha. In Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Buddhism, Vairocana is also seen as the embodiment of the Buddhist concept of Emptiness. As the highest deity in the Huayan  school, Vairocana is at the center. Manjushri is the Bodhisattva associated with transcendent wisdom. Samantabhadra  is the Bodhisattva of Meditation.



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