Amoghasiddhi

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Amoghasiddhi
Amoghasiddhi

Amoghasiddhi

Amoghasiddhi (in Tibetan: Dönyö Drubpa) is the last of the 5 Dhyāna or Wisdom Buddhas.

Amoghasiddhi occupies the Northern Quarter of the maṇḍala. He is depicted as a Bhikṣu, and is deep green in colour.

His name means Infallible (Amogha) Success (siddhi). Amoghasiddhi is the head of the Karma family of the 5 Buddhas’ Mandala.

He is associated with Energy and known as the Lord of Karma and the Buddha of Unfailing Accomplishment.

Amoghasiddhi's emblem is the double vajra - a mysterious symbol which is 2 5- pointed Vajras arranged in a cross.

His mudra is Abhaya or Fearlessness. Abhaya can also mean "no danger". Amoghasiddhi is associated with the Tantric Rite of Fearlessness, and with success or siddhi.

Like his counterpart Ratnasambhava he first appears in the Sarva-Tathāgata Tattva Saṁgraha Tantra in the late 7th or early 8th century. His name means "unfailing accomplishment".

Amoghasiddhi

Amoghasiddhi

Amoghasiddhi is associated with the conceptual skandha or the conceptual mind (as opposed to the non-conceptual or sensational mind).

His action towards the promotion of Buddhist paths is the pacification of evils. This is symbolised by Amoghasiddhi's symbol, the Moon.

He gestures in the mudra of fearlessness, symbolising his and his devotees' fearlessness towards the poisons or delusions.

He is venerated not only for his wisdom of success but he is also known to defeat envy.

As it is said in Buddhist tradition, Devadatta, a very envious cousin of Śākyamuni once attempted to murder the Buddha by releasing a rampaging elephant into the Buddha's path to which Amoghasiddhi simply raised his Mudra calming the beast, embodying both fearlessness and defeating envy.

He is often depicted as green and radiating green light as the colour represents peace and tranquillity of nature. The colour is calming, it is soothing to anxiety.

When meditated upon, Amoghasiddhi is said to help relinquish envy, calm anxiety and fear and reveal wisdom of accomplishment.

Amoghasiddhi reverses the negative failing of envy into the positive wisdom of accomplishment.

Envy is a positive emotion as it feeds ambition and pushes us to reach higher. However, the bitterness generated towards the target of envy is a negative emotion.

When we can avert the associated bitterness and understand that the object of our envy is merely an agent leading us to greater Karma and better accomplishment, the message of Amoghasiddhi will be understood.

Lord of the Karma Buddha family, he is seated upon a lotus supported by Garuda birds.

Associated with the Wisdom that achieves all, the transmutation of the poison jealousy, the colour green, and the aggregate of volition, Amoghasiddhi is associated with the North.

His recognition symbol is the double dorje, representing the Wisdom of all-accomplishing activity. His power and energy are both subtle, their dynamics often hidden from conscious awareness.

Amoghasiddhi is Lord of the Supreme Siddhi — the magic power of Enlightenment which flowers in Buddha Activity.

Amoghasiddhi statue Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong

Amoghasiddhi statue
Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong

Amoghasiddhi is depicted with emerald-green skin, his left hand resting in his lap in the mudra of equipoise and his right hand at chest level facing outwards in the fearless Abhaya mudra of granting protection.

He is often depicted in union with his wisdom consort Damtsik Drolma - Green Tārā, who embodies the pure element of Air.

Tārā is believed to have emanated from Amoghasiddhi and like him, she is a deity of action in the Buddhist pantheon.

Amoghasiddhi rides the half-man, half-eagle mix Garuda.

Garuda is associated with the Himalayas of the North, sharing a direction with Amoghasiddhi.

Garuda feeds on snakes and has an impeccable strength in vision to sense the serpent-like negative delusions that afflict our mortal frames.

Amoghasiddhi holds his place in Buddhist cosmology as one of the 5 Dhyāna Buddhas.

The Mantra of Amoghasiddhi is:

Oṁ Amoghasiddhi Āḥ Hūṁ