Samantabhadra

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Samantabhadra

Samantabhadra (kun tu bzang po). The 'Ever-Excellent One.'

  1. The primordial dharmakaya buddha. The original Buddha who has never fallen into delusion. He is the Dharmakaya Buddha represented as a darkblue naked figure without ornaments in union with his consort Samantabhadri, symbolizing the unity of awareness and emptiness.
  2. The bodhisattva Samantabhadra used as the example for the perfection of increasing an offering infinitely.

In the primordial universal ground, there are neither sentient beings, nor buddhas; neither ignorance, nor enlightenment. It is a state of natural, unchanging perfection beyond conditions and concepts. When the first manifestation of phenomena arises from the primordial ground, to recognize that this arising is the display of one's own awareness leads instantaneously to the primordial buddhahood of Samantabhadra. Not recognizing this to be the case, and taking phenomena and beings to be real entities distinct from oneself, leads instantaneously to the ignorance of sentient beings. Matthieu Ricard


Samantabhadra (kun tu bzang po)

  • The male buddha Samantabhadra is the foremost figure in the assembly of the forty-two peaceful deities, representing the buddha-body of actual reality. For an account of the identification of Samantabhadra with the buddha-body of reality, see bDud-'joms Rin-po-che, see NSTB, pp. 115-119, 447-8. GD (from the Glossary to Tibetan Elemental Divination Paintings)