The five Dhyanis Buddhas

The five Dhyanis Buddhas


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Dhyani Buddhas also known as the Five Wisdom Tathāgatas represent the five wisdoms of the Buddha. They are represented with colors, attributes and mudras (gestures) and placed on different points inside a Mandala.

  • Buddha Vairocana is seated on lotus pedestal surrounded by a thousand flowers. Seed syllable: OM - Placed in the center of a mandala, its element is fire.
  • Akshobhya Buddha - Vajra (Diamond) sitting on an elephant throne, symbolized by a vajra, blue, with the seed syllable: HUNG - mirror-like wisdom. Placed in the East. Its element is space.
  • Buddha Ratnasambhava - Ratna (Jewel), symbolized by a jewel, yellow, with the seed syllable TRAM - Wisdom impartial and identity (equanimity). Located south - Its element is earth.
  • Buddha Amitabha - Padma (Lotus), red. His seed syllable is HRI. It is placed to the west (sunset defines its color). Known for his longevity attribute and the aggregate of distinguishing (recognition) and the deep awareness of individualities.
  • Amoghasiddhi Buddha is the Buddha of the North. Its name means "author of good." His seed syllable is AH. It is the mudra of protection (right hand raised, palm facing forward). He is often depicted in green and
    symbolizes wisdom and fulfilling.