Terms

5 Buddha Families (Gelugpa)

5 Buddha Families
 
North Amoghasiddhi Throne supported by garudas [shang-shangs, really cf. harpies: part human, part bird] and holding crossed vajras Green
 
West Centre East
Amitabha Vairochana Vajrasattva
Red White or Blue WhiteRadiance Illuminator Purity
Lotus Throne Lion Throne Elephant Throne
Wheel of Dharma (Truth) Thunderbolt (Determination) or Blue Akshobya Unshakable
 
South Ratnasmabhava Horse Supported Throne Jewel Yellow
 
In the Gelugpa system, white or blue Vairochana [Illuminator] is the central Buddha seated on a Lion throne holding the Wheel of Dharma [Truth].
 
For the Nyingma, Samantabhadra is the central figure.
In the East is white Vajrasattva [Purity] on the Elephant throne holding the thunderbolt [Determination], or blue Akshobya [Unshakeable]. To the West is red Amitabha [Radiance} on a Lotus throne with peacocks or water fowl and holding a bowl and/or lotus. To the North is green Amoghasiddhi on a throne supported by garudas [shang-shangs, really cf. harpies: part human, part bird] and holding crossed vajras. Yellow Ratnasambhava is in the South on a horse-supported throne, holding a jewel.
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