Manjushri (Boddhisattva of Wisdom

Manjushri (Boddhisattva of Wisdom)  

Manjushri Bodhisattva is the embodiment of all the Buddha’s wisdom. The word manju means “charming, beautiful, pleasing” while Shri means “glory or brilliance”. This Bodhisattva is regarded as the crown prince of Buddhist teachings, or the one who can best explain the Buddhist wisdom. Of which this wisdom is able to extinguish afflictions and bring about enlightenment. Manjushri has this title because eons ago, he was the instructor for seven different buddhas, the last being Sakyamuni Buddha.

Manjushri is often depicted with his right hand holding a double-edged flaming vajra sword and his left hand holding a lotus flower on which rests the Prajnaparamita (Great Wisdom) Sutra. He is sometimes seen riding a lion. The Prajnaparamita Sutra on the lotus flower symbolizes the wisdom (pure as a lotus) that He can bestow on one that supplicates Him. The sword represents the sharpness of wisdom that cuts through illusion and ignorance. The lion is often considered the king of animals, and in this symbolism, it represents the stern majesty of wisdom and its powerful growl, the mighty sound emitted by the Buddha Dharma.


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