Samantabhadra Hall

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Samantabhadra Hall is west opposite to Manjusri Hall, having a span of three jians (Jian, space between two columns), with the statue of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva enshrined inside. It is said that the knowledge of Samantabhadra benefits from actions and he acts cautiously and quietly like an elephant, so he resembles an elephant. In other words, the white elephant is the symbol of his good deeds and perfect merits and virtues. He is usually shown riding a white elephant with six tusks and four feet in lotus seats of one meter high, while carrying a lotus parasol (Sanskrit: chhatra). The bodhimanda (place of enlightenment) of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva is Mount Emei in Sichuan Province. On the north wall of the hall enshrines a delicate jade sculpture of Amitabha carved in the Ming Dynasty. The sculpture had been long kept in the Thousand-bodhisattva Hall in the past, and shifted into Manjusri Hall in 1986 before being moved into Samantabhadra Hall in 1996.


Samantabhadra, meaning Universal Worthy, is a Bodhisattva associated with Buddhist practice and meditation and known as Puxian in Chinese. Samantabhadra assists Shakyamuni to disseminate Buddhism and is the dharma-prince of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Together with Shakyamuni Buddha and fellow Manjusri Bodhisattva he forms the Shakyamuni trinity in Buddhism. Samantabhadra can not only praise Buddhas and all Bodhisattvas, but make abundant offerings, perform various Buddhist ceremonies, and transfer all merits and virtues to benefit all beings. Only Buddhas and Bodhisattvas know his great wisdom and good deeds.


Jade Sculpture of Amitabha
The Jade Sculpture of Amitabha is placed on the north wall of the Samantabhadra Hall. Carved in the Ming Dynasty, it had been long kept in the Thousand-Bodhisattva Hall in the past and shifted to Manjusri Hall in 1986 before being moved into Samantabhadra Hall in 1996.


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