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- White Manjushri Description (below)
- White Arapachana (Bari Gyatsa)
- White Dharmadhatu Vagishvara (Bari Gyatsa)
- White Manjushri Prajna Chakra (Bari Gyatsa)
- Siddhaikavira (Bari Gyatsa & Mati Tradition)
- White Vidhyadhara Pitaka Samkshepta (Bari Gyatsa)
- Wutaishan, Five Manjushri of
- Confusions: White Tara, Padmapani
Sanskrit: Manjushri Tibetan: Jam pal yang
Manjushri, Sita (Tibetan: jam pal kar po. English: the White One of Glorious Melodious Speech). There are some forms of Manjushri that are distinguished from others simply by the name White Manjushri. Primarily this refers to several different traditions of a single faced two armed, peaceful, seated figure. He can either have the simple attribute of a book resting on an utpala over the left shoulder or in another tradition both a sword and book over the two shoulders. Other types of Manjushri can be white in colour with multiple faces and arms, or riding a lion.
There are a number of different tantras that describe a white coloured Manjushri. An early tantra is the Siddhaikavira (Solitary Hero) that was first translated into Tibetan in the 11th century at the time of Lord Atisha and is classified as a Kriya or Charya Tantra. It describes numerous forms of Manjushri along with a host of other deities both peaceful and wrathful: Sarasvati, Jambhala, Vasudhara, Achala, etc.
Jeff Watt 9-2002 [updated 3-2017, 9-2017]