Pendant, talisman, Buddha amulet.
bodhisattva Samantabhadra (Description below).
Handcrafted carved in deer antlers.
Traditional work of Japanese netsuke by a craftsman specializing in the carving and painting of deer antler netsukes.
The deer antler is of course harvested at the fall of these once a year in spring.
Pigments for painting are obtained thanks to crushed minerals such as lapis lazuli for example
Rare collector's item for collectors.
Dimensions: 47.5mm high by 36.9mm wide by 13.4mm deep
Weight of 23 grams.
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Samantabhadra, whose name in Sanskrit means universal dignity, is a bodhisattva of Mahayana, or great vehicle.
Associated with dhyana, meditation, he forms a triad with Siddartha Gautama Buddha and Bodhisattva Manjushri.
Dignitary of the Lotus Sutra, and according to the Avatamsaka Sutra, Samantabhadra made the bodhisattva's ten great vows
1. Pay tribute and respect to all Buddhas.
2. Praise the Thus Came the Tathagata (Buddha)
3. Make abundant offerings.
4. Repent of misdeeds and bad karmas.
5. Rejoice in the merits and virtues of others.
6. Ask the Buddhas to continue teaching.
7. ask the Buddhas to stay in the world.
8. Follow the teachings of the Buddhas at all times.
9. welcome and benefit all living beings.
10. Transfer all merits and virtues for the benefit of all beings.
Known in Chinese Buddhism as Puxian, it is associated with action, while Manjushri is associated with transcendent wisdom or prajna.
Answering the name of Fugen in Japan, Samantabhadra is the subject of an important cult in the Tendai and Shingon currents.
Considered the adhi-Buddha (Primordial Buddha) in the Nyinqma current of Tibetan Buddhism, he is often depicted as Yab-Yum, or indivisible female male union with his wife or paredre Samantabhadri.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche following the Nyingmapa Dzogchen tradition qualifies the nature and essence of Samantabhadra, the Primordial Buddha, as the originless source of the timeless and unlimited Atiyoga teachings, and honors the contradictory view maintained by some parties arguing that the Dzogchen teachings originated from the Bonpo tradition or the Chinese monk Moheyan:
"Samantabhadra is not subject to time, place or physical condition limits. Samantabhadra is not a colorful two-eyed being. Samantabhadra is the unity of consciousness and emptiness, the unity of appearances and emptiness, the nature of the mind, natural clarity with unceasing compassion – this is Samantabhadra from the beginning."
Unlike its more popular counterpart Mañjuśrī, Samantabhadra is only rarely depicted alone and is usually found in a trinity on the right side of Shakyamuni, mounted on a six-tusked white elephant. In those traditions that accept the Avatamsaka Sutra as its fundamental instruction, Samantabhadra and Manjusri flank the Vairocana Buddha, the central Buddha of this particular sutra.
He is sometimes shown in Chinese art with feminine characteristics, riding an elephant with six pairs of tusks while wearing a lotus leaf 'parasol' (Sanskrit: chatra), wearing a dress and characteristics similar to some female representations of Guanyin. It is in this form that Samantabhadra is revered as the patron bodhisattva of the monasteries associated with Mount Emei in western China in Sichuan Province, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. Some believe that Samantabhadra's white elephant mount was the same elephant that appeared to Queen Maya, the Buddha's mother, to announce her birth.
The esoteric traditions of Mahayana treat Samantabhada as one of the "Primordial" Buddhas (Sanskrit: Dharmakaya), but the main primordial Buddha is considered Vairocana.
The Sri Lankan people revere Samantabhadra Bodhisattva as Saman (also called Sumana, Samantha, Sumana Saman). The name Saman means "the rising sun of the morning". The god Saman is considered one of the guardian deities of the island as well as a protector of Buddhism. His main shrine is located in Ratnapura, where an annual festival is held in his honor.
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