Buddha Samantabhadra

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The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra

Samantabhadra (Skt.; Tib. ཀུན་ཏུ་བཟང་པོ་, Kuntuzangpo; Wyl. kun tu bzang po) — In the Dzogchen teachings, our true nature, that state of the Ground, is given the name the 'Primordial Buddha'. Sogyal Rinpoche writes, "[Kuntuzangpo] represents the absolute, naked, sky-like primordial purity of the nature of our mind".[1]

He is depicted as a buddha, sky-blue in colour, sitting in the vast expanse of space, and encircled by an aura of rainbow light. He is completely naked, meaning unstained by any trace of concept. His name, Kuntuzangpo in Tibetan, Samantabhadra in Sanskrit, means ‘always good', ‘always well’ or ‘unchanging goodness.’ What this signifies is that unchanging goodness, or fundamental goodness, is our ultimate nature.

The Five Aspects of Kuntuzangpo

  1. Tönpa Kuntuzangpo
  2. Gyen Kuntuzangpo
  3. Lam Kuntuzangpo
  4. Rigpa Kuntuzangpo
  5. Tokpa Kuntuzangpo

Teachings About Kuntuzangpo

Further Reading

  • The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra, (Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 2006), pages 33-37.

Notes

  1. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, page 106.

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