Figure of Prajna Paramita

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Figure of Prajna Paramita

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Technically speaking, prajna paramita is the perfection of Wisdom and is considered as one of the most difficult to understand sutra.
But in Tibetan Buddhism, Prajnaparamita is depicted as the figure with golden divine body figure and also known as "The Great Mother".
Its seems quite surprising.
Anyway wanna know more about this.
http://www.burmese-art.com/blog/the-per ... -of-wisdom
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Goddess Prajnaparamita has a counterpart in Sophia, who is 'wisdom personified' in the Gnostic traditions, also depicted as a beautiful woman. See http://taramandala.org/teaching/prajnap ... principle/
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antiquebuddhas wrote:Technically speaking, prajna paramita is the perfection of Wisdom and is considered as one of the most difficult to understand sutra.
But in Tibetan Buddhism, Prajnaparamita is depicted as the figure with golden divine body figure and also known as "The Great Mother".
Its seems quite surprising.
Anyway wanna know more about this.
http://www.burmese-art.com/blog/the-per ... -of-wisdom
:anjali: :anjali:
The image and sadhanas of Prajñāpāpramita were widely known in India.
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Tārā answered Machig,
"Yogini, although in your innermost heart there is clear knowledge about the past, listen carefully and I’ll explain it to you. The one known as the primordial Mother Yum Chenmo [Prajñāpāramitā], is the ultimate nature of all phenomena, emptiness, the essence of reality, free from the two veils. She is the pure expanse of emptiness, the knowledge of the non-self. She is the matrix which gives birth to all the Buddhas of the three times.

"However, so as to enable all sentient beings to accumulate merit, the Great Mother appears as an object of veneration through my aspirations and prayers for the sake of all beings. And so, through the power of my wishes and compassion, from the dharmata there appears bright light in the shape of an orange-colored bindu marked with the syllablle MUM, ablaze with light.
ཨོཾ ་ མ ་ ཎི ་ པ ་ དྨེ ་ ཧཱུྃ ། འ ་ ཨ ་ ཧ ་ ཤ ་ ས ་ མ །
Om Mani Peme Hum ། 'A Ah Ha Sha Sa Ma
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She gives birth to Buddhas, so I hear.
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Here is a 13" statue I had commissioned.
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Tsultrim T. wrote:Here is a 13" statue I had commissioned.
IMG_1060.JPG
I like this image very much. I would like to ask permission to save it for use as a visualization aid.
If I am allowed, thank you so much!
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Here's an old thread of mine from visiting the beautiful Garden of 1000 Buddhas in Montana, the center of the garden is a big Prajnaparamita statue:

http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.ph ... as#p291541
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Johnny Dangerous wrote:Here's an old thread of mine from visiting the beautiful Garden of 1000 Buddhas in Montana, the center of the garden is a big Prajnaparamita statue:

http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.ph ... as#p291541
It is beautiful. :D
As to visiting the place ... I don't know, perhaps this summer.
Thank you!
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newbie wrote:
Johnny Dangerous wrote:Here's an old thread of mine from visiting the beautiful Garden of 1000 Buddhas in Montana, the center of the garden is a big Prajnaparamita statue:

http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.ph ... as#p291541
It is beautiful. :D
As to visiting the place ... I don't know, perhaps this summer.
Thank you!

It's got serious vibes.
"...if you think about how many hours, months and years of your life you've spent looking at things, being fascinated by things that have now passed away, then how wonderful to spend even five minutes looking into the nature of your own mind."

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newbie wrote:
Tsultrim T. wrote:Here is a 13" statue I had commissioned.
IMG_1060.JPG
I like this image very much. I would like to ask permission to save it for use as a visualization aid.
If I am allowed, thank you so much!
Definitely!!!
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Tsultrim T. wrote:Here is a 13" statue I had commissioned.
IMG_1060.JPG
Ahh that's a quite beautiful statue you got there.
Do you love it?
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antiquebuddhas wrote:
Tsultrim T. wrote:Here is a 13" statue I had commissioned.
IMG_1060.JPG
Ahh that's a quite beautiful statue you got there.
Do you love it?
Yes its wonderful and inspiring.
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