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Buddhist Deity: Common Buddhas (Mahayana & Vajrayana)

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Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Common Buddhas Description (below)
- Foundational Buddhism
- Mahayana Buddhism
- Vajrayana Buddhism
- Six Essential Buddhist Topics
- Buddha Names Glossary
- Five Buddhas (Symbolic)
- Buddhas, Who Are They?
- Buddha Realms & Purelands
- Confusions
- Others...

Foundational Buddhism (Theravada, Hinayana) has only one buddha, the historical Shakyamuni.

Mahayana Buddhism has many different Buddhas that are best understood through the Buddha Number Sets. The important additional Buddhas are:
- Maitreya
- Amitabha/Amitayus
- Medicine Buddha
- Akshobhya
- Vairochana
- Others...

The Mahayana Number Sets are:
- Three, Buddhas of the Three Times
- Seven Buddhas of this Age
- Eight Medicine Buddhas
- Ten: Buddhas of the Ten Directions
- Thirty-five Buddhas of Confession
- 1000 Buddhas of a Buddhist Aeon

Vajrayana Buddhism has very few additional Buddhas in Buddha Appearance.

The Vajrayana Number Sets are:
- Three Buddhas of Kriya Tantra (Shakyamuni, Akshobhya, Amitabha)
- Five Transcendent (or Symbolic) Buddhas
- Six Buddhas of the Six Realms
- Ten Dzogchen Buddhas
- Twelve Dzogchen Buddhas
- Others...

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