Bodhisattva Sanskrit; Pali, bodhisatta, “Enlightenment-Being”; Chinese, P-u-sa; Japanese, Bosatsu; Korean, Posal; Tibetan, byang.chub sems.dpa, “Hero of the Thought of Enlightenment”. It’s meaning is anyone with great compassion that has generated Bodhicitta. In ancient indian buddhism, the word referred to Gautama Buddha. In Theravada Buddhism this is a title exclusively identifying historical Buddhas, such as Sakyamuni, in their previous lives before attaining Buddhahood. In Mahayana Buddhism […]
Buddha Mythology is the collection of myths, stories, gods and beliefs about Buddhism.
In this section are descriptions of Buddha Mythologies and mythological beings described in the encyclopedia. Concepts, ideas, definitions and meanings.
Buddha Mythology Articles
Vaya, the wind, is said to have originated in Hindu (India) as the god of winds. He was worshipped from around 1700 BC to the present. Vaya is one of the most important deities in the Vedas, including the Rg Veda. In later Hinduism he evolves into a dikpala, guardian of the northwestern quarter. Also, he is depicted in some […]
Vasita, will power, is the generic title of twelve Buddhist goddesses personifying the disciplines which result in spiritual regeneration. A.G.H. Source: Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 279
Vajradhatvisvari, Buddhist Goddess, the lady of the adamantine world, is the Shakti of Vairocana and also a variety of Marici. Her attributes are many including an image of Vairocana on the crown. A.G.H. Source: Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 276
Vajradaka, Buddhist God (Mahayana), is an emanation of Aksobhya bearing one, three or four heads. A.G.H. Source: Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 276
Vairocana, coming from the sun, is the oldest dhyanibuddha, or meditation buddha, originated in India. He is one of five mystic spiritual counterparts of the human buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism; a product of Adibuddha who represents the branch of the cosmos concerned with the bodily form. His origination is from the white mantra syllable OM and lives in the highest paradise. His icon is usually […]