Eight great bodhisattvas

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Eight Great Bodhisattvas - or 'Eight Close Sons', the main bodhisattvas in the retinue of Buddha Shakyamuni: Mañjushri, Avalokiteshvara, Vajrapani, Maitreya, Kshitigarbha, Sarvanivaranavishkambhin, and Samantabhadra. Each fulfils a particular role to help beings. Symbolically they represent the pure state of the eight consciousnesses.