Deity Qualities at a Glance
|Chenrezig||Known as Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit, Chenrezig is the ‘bodhisattva of infinite compassion’ and the most outstanding of all Tibetan Buddhist deities. White in colour and with four arms, he holds a wishfulfilling jewel at his heart, a rosary in his second right hand, and the stem of a lotus flower in his second left. His powerful mantra, the most popular recitation among Tibetan Buddhist practitioners, invokes the Lord of Infinite Compassion’s blessings to purify our misdeeds, increase our loving kindness and compassion, and bring us closer to enlightenment in the quickest, easiest way.
Mantra: Om Ma Ni Pad Mé Hum
|Kurukulle||Kurukulle or Pema Khandro, a female deity of the Lotus family, is associated with the activity of magnetization or enchantment, to attract good fortune in order to help us remove obstacles. With a compassionate goal, her practice can have the virtuous aspect of creating auspicious conditions in support of important endeavours or simply to benefit your practice.|
|Guru Rinpoche||Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, is the Indian spiritual master who established Vajrayana Buddhism in 8th century Tibet. Embodying the union of wisdom and compassion, his sacred mantra invokes the blessings of liberation and enlightenment.
Mantra: om ah hum vajra guru padma siddhi hum
|Green Tara||Green Tara is the female deity that is one of the main figures in Tibet. Her sacred mantra invokes the liberating blessings of the female deity, who, with her maternal energy, hears the cries of sentient beings and swiftly rescues them all from peril. Tara is associated with enlightened activity and abundance.
Mantra: om tare tuttare ture soha
|Amitayus||Amitayus is revered as the Buddha of Infinite Life. In Vajrayana Buddhism, he is regarded as the sambhogakaya form of Amitabha, the Buddha of Infinite Light, who long ago created the buddhafield Sukhavati said to be the easiest pure land for devotees to take rebirth in. He holds in his lap a jeweled vase containing the magical elixir of longevity.|
|Manjushri||An extremely popular deity in the Mahayana Buddhist pantheon, Manjushri is profoundly revered by most Buddhists. He completely embodies prajna, ‘transcendent wisdom”’or divine knowledge. Manjushri sits upon a lotus and moon disk, raising his flaming sword of wisdom to cut through ignorance while clutching the stem of a lotus flower visible above his left shoulder. Upon the lotus is a volume of the Prajnaparamita Sutra. His powerful mantra is said to enhance wisdom and one’s powers of elocution.
Mantra: oṃ arapacana dhīḥ
|Medicine Buddha||Described as the primordial physician, or the Supreme Healer, the Medicine Buddha is the deity of compassion and healing who brings health and balance to our body and mind through the medicine of his enlightened wisdom. His unique mantra of supplication invokes his powerful healing blessings.
Mantra: Tayata Om Bekandzé Bekandzé Maha Bekandzé Radza Samudgaté Soha
|Amitabha||Amitabha, the Buddha of Boundless Light who belongs to the Lotus Family, symbolizes the limitless, luminous nature of enlightened mind.|
|Sitatapatra||Sitatapatra, or Dug Karmo in Tibetan, means ‘White Parasol,’ and her special blessing is protection from disease, pandemics, supernatural threat, and natural disaster. Two-armed Sitatapatra manifests with an enchanting peaceful appearance, and reciting her mantra solicits her motherly powers of healing. However, in the face of obstacles, adversity, and menace, she is said to become a fierce, powerful, and utterly unshakable protector.|
|Tsuktor Namgyalma||Also known as Ushnisha Vijaya in Sanskrit, she is one of three main long life deities in Tibetan Buddhism, and is also one of the 21 Taras. She is white with three faces and eight arms, and holding a small buddha image in her upper right hand.|