Is Padmasambhava a Nirmanakaya Buddha?

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Is Padmasambhava a Nirmanakaya Buddha?

Post by Luke » Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:55 pm

Ngawang Drolma wrote:
Luke wrote: ... 0Kayas.htm" onclick=";return false;
That webpage said the following: "The Supreme emanation takes birth in the world as a unique person. Buddha Shakyamuni and Guru Padmasambhava are examples of this kind. They have special forms of body, speech and mind."

So it would seem, at least accoding to Vajrayana Buddhists, that Padmasambhava was also a Nirmanakaya Buddha who appeared before Maitreya. I wonder if there were any other Nirmanakaya Buddhas in our kalpa besides Shakyamuni and Guru Rinpoche.
Hi Luke,

Your question is interesting! I haven't heard Padmasambhava specifically referred to as a nirmanakya. But he is certainly very, very special and he passed dharmas to our lineage holders.
Well, the quote from that webpage certainly implies it, but that's just one source.

I found the following on another webpage:
This great master [Padmasambhava] was not an ordinary person on the path or just a noble being on one of the bodhisattva bhumis but an emanation of both Buddha Amitabha and Shakyamuni who appeared in order to tame the human beings and spirits difficult to convert.
Even the great bodhisattvas are incapable of fully explaining his life example..." onclick=";return false;

So, Padmasambhava was an emanation of Shakyamuni. Perhaps all beings which are emanations of Shakyamuni are Nirmanakaya Buddhas?

I guess I need to find the details of what being an emanation entails now, so I can look into this further.

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Re: Is Padmasambhava a Nirmanakaya Buddha?

Post by Ngawang Drolma » Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:57 pm


Thanks very much for this. I'm interested in hearing more!



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Re: Is Padmasambhava a Nirmanakaya Buddha?

Post by sraddha » Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:06 am

I would love to get the main sutras which discuss the meaning of the Trikaya!

Are the entire Sangha (Bodhisatvas, Arahants-Srotapana's) all emanations of the Buddha Nirmanakaya???

Or is only the Buddha's earthly body the emanation?

All three have touched the Dharmakaya and are considered born of the Dharma, from Tathagatha's mouth.

Interesting question indeed!

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