The Indian Buddhist Iconography

by Benoytosh Bhattachacharyya | 1958 | ISBN-10: 8173053138 | ISBN-13: 9788173053139

This page contains an iconography image of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra and represents figure 48 of the book Indian Buddhist Iconography, based on extracts of the Sadhanamala English translation. These plates and illustrations represent either photographs of sculptures or line-drawing reproductions of paintings or other representations of Buddhist artwork.

Figure 48 - Bodhisattva Samantabhadra

Maitreya
Figure 48: Samantabhadra

The Bodhisattva Samantabhadra (Universal Goodness) is important as the leader of the sixteen Bodhisattvas and thus is not a whit less important than the Future Buddha Maitreya who is at the head of the two other lists of Bodhisattvas. Samantabhadra’s popularity is further exemplified by frequent mention of his name in the Niṣpannayogāvalī. Samantabhadra is popular both in Tibet and China where his images are frequent and numerous.

Although images of Samantabhadra are not rare in India, the bulk of his images are to be met with in China, At least five images of the Bodhisattva are found in Peiping alone. Fig. 48 is a Nepalese drawing of the deity.

Colour: yellow and blue;
Symbol: jewel;

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