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Samantabhadra Bodhisattva

Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, also known as the Universally Worthy Bodhisattva, is one of the Three Venerables of Shakyamuni. This bodhisattva is always on the right of Shakyamuni Buddha, representing the guardian of the Law, the lord of the Law and the practice of all Buddhas.
Samantabhadra usually reposes with dignity on a six-tusked white elephant while Manjusri rides on a lion. He holds a sword indicating that the Law is the basis of wisdom.
Samantabhadra is the patron of the Lotus Sutra and its devotees, and has close connection with the Avatamsaka Sutra.
Like Manjusri Bodhisattva, Samantabhadra is also assigned his universe in the east. In China, people worship Samantabhadra as the object of pilgrimage in Emei Shan (Mountain), which is regarded as his dwelling place.
Samantabhadra is also a great Bodhisattva of the Tenth Stage, with the particular quality representing cultivation and practice. He is one of the Four Great Bodhisattva, The Bodhisattva of Great Conduct.
Samantabhadra may be shown with a docile elephant lying down or standing. Sometimes, in place of six tusks, the elephant has three heads. It is also common to see Samantabhadra holding a lotus, a wish-fulfilling jewel, or a scroll bearing his sutra (scripture). Also, like Avalokitesvara, Samantabhadra is often portrayed as female. In Chapter 10 of the Lotus Sutra, the Buddha promises Enlightenment to both men and women; as Samantabhadra is the Patron of devotees of the Lotus (having the final say in the last chapter), and as he has attracted many female devotees, he/she has taken on a feminine form.

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The Ten Great Vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva

To worship and respect all Buddhas.
To make praises to the Thus Come Ones.
To practice profoundly the giving of offerings.
To repent and reform all karmic hindrance.
To rejoice and follow in merit and virtue.
To request that the Dharma wheel be turned.
To request that the Buddhas remain in the world.
To always follow the Buddha's teaching.
To constantly accord with all living beings.
To transfer all merit and virtue universally.

Regarding his past history, he is said to be born by being transformed from a lotus of the seven gems by means of the wisdom.

Praise to Samantabhadra Bodhisattva
(Chanted on his birthday 21st of February in the lunar calender).

The Bodhisattva of Great Conduct is called Universal Worthy.
The Sea of his vow power is multi-layered without bounds.
With dignity he reposes upon a six-tusked elephant.
By wisdom he is born, transformationally from a lotus of the seven gems.
In all Samodhis, he attains sovereignty.
His originally wonderful virtue is pervasive and perfected.
Praises of this jewelled awesomeness arrives to teach the Saha World.
His efficacious response and spiritual power shake the great-thousand realm.
Homage to Universally Worthy Bodhisattva of Great Conduct, who dwells in the silver world of Emei Shan.





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