Buddhist Mythology

The Gods and Bodhisvattas of Enlightenment...

SAMANTABHADRA

Buddhist Truth God

The Primordial Father Buddha

He is one of the top Bodhisattvas. Regarded as the Adi-Buddha, he symbolizes the male element of the Universe. He is also part of the Shakyamuni Trinity with Buddha and Manjushri.

He seems to be a kind and happy Buddha, naked, unashamed, and a lovely shade of blue. He rides a symbolic elephant with three heads and six tusks. Whatever makes you happy, we say.

His female counterpart is Samantabhadrī with whom he is an almost perpetual embrace. They are both very into Yab-Yum and loving Tantric religious ecstasy — and are very popular in consequence. The Shakyamuni Trinity must get a bit crowded with all that embracing going on.

His Japanese incarnation is known as Fugen.

Samantabhadra Facts and Figures

Name: Samantabhadra
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Truth
Area of expertise: Truth

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 65

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Article last updated on September 20, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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