Buddhist protective amulet Bodhisattva Samantabhadra,
Aquilaria wood (Agar)
24k gold plated
agate nan hong (southern red) of Yunnan, site of Baoshan, this agate owes its color to the presence of sinnabar.
Pendant turning on the back thanks to a ball bearing system
of high precision elaborated in Germany as shown in the 4th photo
Amulet dimension 40.7/51/14.4mm
Weight of 47 grams
Comes with an adjustable cord with 925 silver beads
Delivered in a custom wooden box.
As a gemologist graduated from the National Institute of Gemmology (ING), Paris, France. All our materials are appraised and certified by us.
The tropical tree aquilaria belongs to the Family Thymelaeceae, which includes about forty species distributed mainly in Southeast Asia. It has a slender appearance, clear bark and intense glossy green leaves; it can easily exceed five meters in height.
Aquilaria is the origin of agarwood, as well as sought-after species and other rare and precious products. A characteristic that it shares with a close genus, the Gyrinops, endowed with nine species distributed equally in Southeast Asia.
These trees have been known for millennia for the virtues of their black, resinous and fragrant wood. It is one of the most precious woods in the world
Agarwood is also known as Eaglewood, oud, Aloeswood, Gaharu in Indonesia, Jinkoh or Kanankoh in Japan. It is used by the peoples of Southeast Asia and the Middle East for its fragrant properties – its scent is woody, powerful, musky – and medicinal.
It is used as incense in some religious rituals, especially in Korea or Hinduism. It has also served as a support for preserving certain texts: this is the case of the Pormuniyan, a Javanese medico-magical collection, kept at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. It is also used in the form of essential oil, extracted from wood after a complex maceration and distillation process.
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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