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Bodhisattva Maha-sthama-prapta

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Bodhisattva Maha-sthama-prapta, 'Great strength reaching', 大势至菩萨, the Vajra of the Wheel. He is the left-hand man of Amitabha Buddha in his Pure Land, and closely related to Avalokitesvara. So-called because the strength and light of his wisdom is able to illuminate all worlds. His fundemntal vow is to awaken the Bodhicitta (the seed of enlightenment) in all sentient beings.. He seldom appears in our world, at least to most of our knowledge. In the Garbhakosa Mandala, he is usually flesh colored & portrayed as carrying a half-bloomed lotus. This represents the ability to nurture & protect the inherent good in all sentient beings. He is situated in the 1st row of the Lotus Section, 2nd from the top.

His common mantra is: Om sam jam jam sah svaha

The Garbhakosa Mantra is: Namah samanta buddhanam jam jam sah svaha

Source

lianhuayuan.net