12 December 2016

The Samantabhadri


The Samantabhadri, white resin, approx. 14 in. high, 9 in. wide, and 7 in. deep. By Minette Mangahas
This are the completed bronze and white resin sculptures of Samantabhadri, based on the study of Tibetan thanka paintings and classical Indian texts on Buddhist sculpture.

The Samantabhadri, bronze, approx. 14 in. high, 9 in. wide, and 7 in. deep. By Minette Mangahas

The Samantabhadri (rear view), bronze, approx. 14 in. high, 9 in. wide, and 7 in. deep. By Minette Mangahas



"The basis of all female deities is Samantabhadri. 
...Samantabhadri is called the ground of emanation, [and] her emanation is the great mother of dharmakaya, the female buddha Prajnaparamita. ...On the nirmanakaya level Prajnaparamita's emanation is Arya Tara."

-- Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Excerpt from "Dakini Teachings: A Collection of Padmasambhava's Advice to Yeshe Tsogyal."



The Prajnaparamita, the Heart Sutra personified in female form, is often referred to as the origin of wisdom and thus is the Mother of all Buddhas.

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, she takes the form of Samantabhadri (Tib. Kuntuzangmo).
She is traditionally portrayed as naked, white and luminous. Without ornament, she is seated on a moon disc and lotus. Most sculptures in existence portray her in union with her partner, Samantabhadra. She is central to practices of the Vajrayana and Mahayana traditions.

It is important to note as well that she is beyond all dualistic conceptions—including emotions that we have such as
desire, attachment, and love, which is inherently dualistic. (Ultimately there is no object to love, nor subject that loves.) We speak of her and identify her as "she" and "female" because of the convenience of language--which is all we have.

Ultimately, Samantabhadri represents the very possibility of being, itself.


The Samantabhadri (rear view), white resin, approx. 14 in. high, 9 in. wide, and 7 in. deep. By Minette Mangahas



Read about of the process of creating the statue from an earlier post:

"Samantabhadri: Perfect from All Sides"



To purchase the Samantabhadri or commission a statue, visit The Buddhist Sculpture Workshop.

1 comment:

  1. thank you for this context Minette! I just found these pages, keep writing about your work!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks, appreciate the mindful comment! - Minette