Manjushri is the embodiment of the characteristics of the Enlightened Mind i.e. Discriminating Wisdom. Manjushri has the ability to see the nature of reality as it is. Manjushri is seen holding the flaming sword of wisdom with his right hand and a book called Prajnaparamita with his left hand. Manjushri has many names such as Manjuvajra, Manjughosa, Vagishvara, Arapachana, etc. In Mahayana Buddhist tradition he is regarded as having supreme wisdom among Bodhisattvas. Manjushri is also called prince of the Dharma because of his eloquent wisdom.
According to the Surangamasamadhi sutra, he became a Buddha in past immeasurable aeons ago although he manifests as the assistant to the Shakyamuni Buddha. According to the Manjushri Vyuhalamkara Sutra, he was the teacher of countless Buddhas in the past and led numerous cultivators to certify the fruit of Buddha hood. Manjushri is thus called the Mother of all Buddhas in Three worlds. In Namasangiti text he is designated as Adi Buddha, the primordial Buddha i.e. embodiment of All self existing Awareness. Manjushri is said to have cut the gorge of Chovar hill with his flaming sword Chandrahasa and let the waters flow out and thereby opened the valley for human habitation and spread the Buddha dharma.
Forms of Manjushri
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