Seed Syllable of Great Compassion in a Lotus

•May 21, 2009 • 3 Comments


The above Wallpaper has the Siddham syllable Hrīḥ -ह्रीः on a Lotus, with the Sky on the Back Drop.

hrIH is the Bijakshara (Seed Syllable) of Amitabha Buddha. It is also the Seed Syllable of Avalokiteshvara in the Tibetan Tradition. Therefore,  Hrih represents both Amitabha and Avalokitesvara. Bijaskharas are generally, the personification of the Buddha/Bodhisattva/Deity that they denote.

Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are often shown to seated/standing upon Lotus flowers. Therefore, this Hrih on Lotus, can be considered symbolically to represent Amitabha Buddha and/or Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva.

As a side note, Avalokiteshvara is more related to the Lotus. For instance, He is called ‘Padmapani’ & ‘Padmahasta’ (One who has Lotus in his Hands).  In the Maha Karunika Chitta Dharani, Popularly known as the Great Compassion Mantra, He is invocated as ‘Maha Padmanabha’ (The Great lotus-naveled one).

The blue sky symbolizes Emptiness/Voiness or Sunyata (शून्यता -śūnyatā), the fundamental doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism. That’s why, Blue is the color of Samantabhadra, the Adibuddha or the Primordial Buddha.

The consort of Samantabhadra is Samantabhadri, who is white in color. White Color symbolizes the aspect of the clarity of our mind i.e Wisdom or Prajna. The white clouds in the wallpaper denote this.

Avalokitesvara, is the form of all Buddhas’ compassion. One of his epithets include  ‘Mahakarunika’ (Mahākāruṇika – महाकारुणिक) – The Great Compassionate One.  Also, Buddha Amitabha due to his Great compassion created his own Buddha Kshetra – Sukhavati, so that people may easily take rebirth in his Pure Land.  So, Hrih is strongly associated with Great Compassion or Maha Karuna, another important concept in Mahayana Buddhism.

All together this Wallpaper subtly denotes, “Emptiness, Great Compassion, & Wisdom”, the Ultimate fundamentals of Mahayana Buddhism. It can be said that this wallpaper, captures the entire essence of Mahayana, very beautifully.

To read more about this Bija: See: The Name & Idea Seed Syllable of Great Compassion was taken from this post.

Wallpaper taken from this Taiwanese site:

Bhaishajyaguru Buddha Dharani

•May 19, 2009 • 4 Comments


Bhaishajyaguru (भैषज्यगुरु) Buddha, Popularly known as the Medicine Buddha epitomizes the power of healing both on a physical and a spiritual level. By virtue of the twelve vowes he made prior to becoming a Buddha, beings are guaranteed healing through devotional acts dedicated to him.  He is usually seen flanked by two Bodhisattvas namely: Chandraprabha (चन्द्रप्रभ – Moon Light) & Suryaprabha (सूर्यप्रभ – Sun Light).

His Buddha Kshetra (बुद्ध क्षेत्र – Pure Land) is called as Vaiduryanirbhasa (वैडूर्यनिर्भास).

His Dharani is:

नमो भगवते भैषज्यगुरु वैडूर्यप्रभराजाय तथागताय अर्हते सम्यक्संबुद्धाय
ॐ भैषज्ये भैषज्ये भैषज्य समुद्गते स्वाहा

namo bhagavate bhaiṣajyaguru vaiḍūryaprabharājāya tathāgatāya arhate samyaksaṁbuddhāya
oṁ bhaiṣajye bhaiṣajye bhaiṣajya samudgate svāhā

The Shortened Hridaya(Heart) Mantra is as follows:

(तद्यथा) ॐ भैषज्ये भैषज्ये भैषज्य समुद्गते स्वाहा

(tadyathā) oṁ bhaiṣajye bhaiṣajye bhaiṣajya samudgate svāhā

For More Information about the Dharani see:

In the wallpaper, Bhaisajyaguru is seated on a Lotus in Padmasana posture. He is seen holding a Bowl and a Medicinal Herb in his hands. The Eight Auspicious Signs (अष्टमंगल – Ashtamangala) can be seen in his robes. He is surrounded by Chandraprabha to his left, and Suryaprabha to his right

Chandraprabha and Suryaprabha are standing on lotus pedestals, carrying a Moon Disc and Sun Disc respectively.

The Siddham Syllables above the Parasol of Bhaisajyaru are, Bhai (भै) to the left and Hūṁ (हूँ) to the right. Bhai is the Bijakshara (बीजाक्षर – Seed Syllable) of Bhaishajyaguru in Shingon tradition, where as Hum is his Bījākṣara in Tibetan Tradition.

The Letter above Chandraprabha’s parasol is ‘cha’ (च), the Seed Syllable of this Bodhisattva. Suryaprabhas’s seed syllable ‘a’ (अ) can be seen above that Bodhisattva’s parasol.

The dharani starts at the right corner (Top-Down). It reads “namo bhagavate bhaiṣajyaguru vaiḍūryaprabharājāya”, the dharani continues at left corner (Top – Down) “tathāgatāya arhate samyaksaṁbuddhāya tadyathā“. The heart of the dharani is placed around Bhaishajyaguru Buddha Himself.

(Read in Clock wise direction, from the left bottom)

ॐ भै ष ज्ये भै ष ज्ये भै  <break> ष ज्य स मु द्ग ते स्वा हा

oṁ bhai ṣa jye bhai ṣa jye bhai <break>  ṣa jya sa mu dga te svā hā

Surrounding the two Bodhisattvas’ Aura’s are their mantras:

Chandraprabha (Read Clockwise) :

नमः समन्त बुद्धानां चंद्रप्रभाय स्वाहा

namaḥ samanta buddhānāṁ caṁdraprabhāya svāhā

Suryaprabha (Read Anti – Clockwise) :

नमः समन्त बुद्धानां सूर्यप्रभाय स्वाहा

namaḥ samanta buddhānāṁ sūryaprabhāya svāhā

The names of the Bodhisattvas in Sanskrit (चंद्रप्रभः & सूर्यप्रभः – caṁdraprabhaḥ & sūryaprabhaḥ ) is placed below their pedestals.

Now for the List of Attributions:

Image Courtesy:

Siddham Syllables of Dharani taken from:

The rest of the Siddham is from  Siddham fonts as usual.

Lotus Seated Avalokitesvara (on Lion ?)

•March 4, 2009 • 1 Comment


A wallpaper I found elsewhere, probably the URL in the Wallpaper😛

It is an Image of Avalokiteshvara seated on a Lotus, which is in turn on what seems to be a Lion. One hand shows the Wish Fulling – Varada Mudra.

Chintamani Chakra Avalokitesvara

•February 17, 2009 • 3 Comments


Chintamani Chakra Avalokiteshvara is a Wish Fulfilling Form of Avalokitesvara with 6 Arms. He holds the Chintamani (Wish Fulfiling Jewel) near his heart. His other arms hold a DharmaChakra (Dharma Wheel), Mala, and a Lotus.

His Mantra is

namo ratnatrayāya

nama āryāvalokiteśvarāya bodhisattvāya mahāsattvāya mahākāruṇikāya


oṁ cakravartti cintāmaṇi mahāpadme ruru tiṣṭha jvala ākarṣāya hūṁ phaṭ svāhā

नमो रत्नत्रयाय

नम आर्यावलोकितेश्वराय बोधिसत्त्वाय महासत्त्वाय महाकारुणिकाय


ॐ चक्रवर्त्ति चिन्तामणि महापद्मे रुरु तिष्ठ ज्वल आकर्षाय हूँ फट् स्वाहा

Long Heart Mantra

oṁ padma cintāmaṇi jvala hūṁ

ॐ पद्म चिन्तामणि ज्वल हूँ

Short Heart Mantra

oṁ varada padme hūṁ

ॐ वरद पद्मे हुँ

For More Information on this See:

The Wallpaper has Chintamani Chakra Avalokiteshvara at the Middle, with his Mantra in Siddham encircling around Him

The First Layer is the Short Heart Mantra – Om Va ra da pa dme hum – Beginning from the Top-Center.

The Next Layer is his Long Heart Mantra – Om Pa dma ci nta ma ni jva la hum -Beginning from the Bottom-Center.

The Next Layer encircling everything is the Complete Full Mantra – na mo ra tna tra ya ya na ma a rya va lo ki te shva ra ya bo dhi sa ttva … – Beginning from the Top Center.

The Four Letter at the four corners are Seed Syllables (Bijaksharas) also written in Siddham.

Top Left Corner – sa – The Seed Syllable of Avalokitesvara in Shingon

Top Right Corner – a – The Seed Syllable of Maha Vairocana Buddha – It is the Mother of All Words

Bottom Left Corner – hrīḥ – The Seed Syllable of Avalokiteshvara – Also called the Seed Syllable of Great Compassion;

Bottom Right Corner – huṁ – The Final Syllable of many Mantras especially the Mani Mantra – Om Manipadme Hum

Special Thanks to my E-Sangha Buddy Thornbush for searching this image of Avalokiteshvara

Avalokitesvara – Vajradharma

•February 14, 2009 • 3 Comments


Download Wallpaper:

This Wallpaper has Six Images of Avalokitesvara in Different Mudras:

From Top Left in Horizontal Order:

1) Nirmitā Mudra – Buddha Transformation Hand Gesture

2) Paśa Mudra – Lasso Hand Gesture

3) Abhaya Mudra – Fearlessness Hand Gesture

4) Cāmari Mudra – Flywhisk Hand Gesture

From Bottom Left in Horizontal Manner:

5) Kavaca Mudra – Sheild Hand Gesture

6) Parasū Mudra – Axe Mudra

7) Willow branch mudra

8 ) Kunta Mudra – Spear Hand Gesture

Mudra Information and the Images got from here:

The Wallpaper has the Syllables in the Heart of the Great Compassion Mantra a.k.a Maha Karunika Chitta Dharani (महा कारुणीक चित्त धारणी – mahā kāruṇīka citta dhāraṇī) between the Images:

The Heart of the Great Compassion Mantra is:

oṁ vajradharma hrīḥ

ॐ वज्रधर्म ह्रीः

Vajradharma is the Esoteric Name of Avalokiteshvara.

Hrih is the Seed Syllable of Avalokitesvara.

Each Syllable of the Mantra is placed between the images as said before. and Seed Syllable hūṁ at the Center of the Wall Paper.

om   va    jra


dha  rma  hrIH


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