Pu Xian Pu Sa – Samanta Bhadra Bodhisattva

Pu Xian Pu Sa – Samanta Bhadra Bodhisattva

普賢菩薩 Pu Xian Pu Sa {Hok Kian = Pho Hien Pho Sat}, in Sanskrit is also known as Samanta Bhadra Bodhisattva, which means Universal Kindness. Pu Xian Pu Sa manifests from love, kindness, diligence, patience, and holiness. In Chinese Gods’ tale, Pu Xian Pu Sa is seen in threesome, along with 觀音菩薩 Guan Yin Pu Sa {Kwan Im Pho Sat - Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva) and 文殊菩薩 Wen Su Pu Sa {Bun Su Pho Sat}. But in some Chinese and Japanese’s temples, Pu Xian Pu Sa is also often spotted with Sakyamuni Buddha and Wen Su Pu Sa. Pu Xian Pu Sa in Japanese is known as Fu Gen.

The image of Pu Xian Pu Sa is commonly seen seating on a white elephant, holding a white lotus or a roll of holy script. The white elephant is normally either in a standing or bending position, sometimes with 1, 3, or even 6 tusks.

Pu Xian Pu Sa is famous for His unboundless offerings and 10 Divine Vows, presented to all Buddhas, and beings in the suffering realms. The vows are:

  1. To honor the Buddha
  2. To honor Tatagatha
  3. To present great homage to all Buddhas
  4. To admit sins committed in previous lifetime, and do good deeds
  5. To be joyful in others’ wisdom and kindness
  6. To wish for the Buddha to spread His teachings (Dhamma)
  7. To wish for the Buddha to always remain in the world
  8. To learn and understand the Dhamma, and eventually, pass it on (teach)
  9. To aid being in the suffering realms
  10. To dedicate/pass on the merits to others.

In 普賢菩薩蓮花經 Pu Xian Pu Sa Lotus Sutra, Lord Buddha praises and announces that Pu Xian Pu Sa is born in the Eastern Pure Land. In addition, Lord Buddha also describes as follows:

Pu Xian Pu Sa has a huge and boundless body. But due to His wish to descent to the saha world to free beings from sufferings, He transformed into an ordinary (human) being. He appears riding a white elephant. Underneath the elephant feet, white lotuses bloom. This elephant has the brightest and whitest of all whites that not even crystals or the summit of the Himalaya can outmatch…

This Pu Xian Pu Sa Lotus Sutra attracts many people, especially the female, because they are assured of attaining the level of Buddhahood.

Pu Xian Pu Sa’s Pure Land is situated at 峨嵋山 E Mei Shan (Go Bi San) Mountain in Xi Chuan province, which is one of the four sacred mountains in Chinese Buddhism. In Japan, He is mostly honored by His followers for obtaining prosperity and longevity, and even regarded as a healer or protector from illness.

The image of Pu Xian Pu Sa can be found in temples that worship Kwan Im (Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva), and the birthday of Pu Xian Pu Sa is honored on the 21st of the second month of Lunar year.

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Pu Xian Pu Sa - Samanta Bhadra Bodhisattva

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