5 BUDDHAS

In Vajrayana Buddhism, the Five Great Buddhas and the Five Jinas (Sanskrit for “conqueror” or “victor”), are emanations and representations of the five qualities of the Adi-Buddha or “first Buddha” Vairocana or Vajradhara, which is associated with the Dharmakāya.

They are also sometimes called the “dhyani-buddhas”, a term first recorded in English by Brian Houghton Hodgson, a British Resident in Nepal, in the early 19th century, and is unattested in any surviving traditional primary sources. These five Buddhas are a common subject of Vajrayana mandalas.

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