Standing Ratnasambhava – The "Jewel-Born"
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ABS 331

 Code: ABS 331

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1100 - 1300

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 8.3 x 27.5 x 6.3

  Materials: Brass

Standing Ratnasambhava 

This standing Ratnasambhava is one of the five transcendental Buddhas, also called the Victorious Ones.Ratnasambhavas Tibetan name is Sangay Rinchenjungdan. Sangay stands for “buddha” and the word Rinchen means “precious”, referring to all priceless, good and immaculate things. Jungdan is “the source”. His colour is yellow, and he transcends pride by the recognition of the essential equality of all living beings. His mount is the horse (asva), and his element is the earth. His attribute is the jewel (ratna), a symbol of abundance. In his navel chakra the syllable TRAM appears in yellow. He shows the gesture of giving (varada mudra). This gesture stands for generosity and the letting go of preconceived opinions. This creates an opening for the appreciation of all feelings. These are like jewels: Only at the light of consciousness will they reveal their beauty. Feelings are essential on the path to liberation. A being without them cannot join the process of becoming, for it is dead. His female equivalent (shakti) is Mamaki or Vajradhatvishvari (destroyer of pride). Related boddhisattvas are Kshitigarbha or Ratnapani, and the deities Jambhala and Vasudhara are associated with him.

On a symbolic level, these five victorious Buddhas (jinas/thatagathas) encompass all aspects of awakening. They are the expression of the totality of human experience in its purest form. They express the dynamics of transformation, in which ordinary emotions develop into wisdom, and illusions into positive attitudes. They preside over the five Buddha Families, which include all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Deities, with the exception of the Primordials.