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5 Buddha Families (Nyingma)

5 Buddha Families (Nyingma) North Amoghasiddhi Throne supported by garudas [shang-shangs, really cf. harpies: part human, part bird] and holding crossed vajras Green West Centre Eest Amitabha Samantabhadra Vajrasattva Red White Radiance Purity Lotus Throne Elephant Throne Thunderbolt (Determination) or Blue Akshobya Unshakable South Ratnasmabhava Horse Upported 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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