Mahasthamaprapta, aka: Mahāsthāmaprāpta; 2 Definition(s)


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General definition (in Buddhism)

[Mahasthamaprapta in Buddhism glossaries]
Mahasthamaprapta (Chinese: Shih chih; Japanese: Seishi) Bodhisattva of Extreme Strength(Source): The Art of Asia: Who is Who in Heaven

Mahāsthāmaprāpta is a bodhisattva mahāsattva that represents the power of wisdom, often depicted in a trinity with Amitābha and Avalokiteśvara (Guanyin), especially in Pure Land Buddhism. His name literally means "arrival of the great strength".

Mahāsthāmaprāpta is one of the Eight Great Bodhisattvas in Mahāyāna Buddhism. He is also one of the Japanese Thirteen Buddhas in Shingon. He is one of the oldest bodhisattvas and is regarded as powerful, especially in the Pure Land school.

In Chinese Buddhism, he is usually portrayed as a woman, (similar to Avalokiteśvara)
In Tibetan Buddhism (Tantrism), he is equated with Vajrapani,.

(Source): WikiPedia: Buddhism

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