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- Namasangiti Manjushri Description (below)
- Jnanasattva (1 face, 2 arms): HAR #79071
- Jnanasattva (1 face, 4 arms): HAR #79070
- Manjuvajra (1 face, 4 arms)
- Manjuvajra (3 faces, 4 arms): HAR #34816
- Manjuvajra (3 faces, 6 arms)
- Manjushri (4 faces, 4 arms): HAR #46868
- Dharmadhatu Vagishvara (3 faces, 8 arms): HAR #46871
- Dharmadhatu Vagishvara (4 faces, 8 arms)
- Samkshipta Guhyaka, Namasangiti (6 faces, 2 arms)
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The Manjushri Namasangiti Tantra [TBRC W22003] was first translated into Tibetan in the 8th century and re-translated during the Sarma period in the 11th century. Monks and lamas from all Buddhist traditions memorize the Tantra in early childhood. From the standard four classifications of Tantra the Namasangiti is found in both the Yoga and Anuttarayoga Tantra sets. This Tantra introduces seven principal mandalas depicting numerous forms of Manjushri both peaceful and wrathful. The painting of the mandala of Dharmadhatu Vagishvara, the seventh from the group of seven, illustrates over twenty different forms of Manjushri.

[10] Dharmadhatu Vagishvara.
White Dharmadhatu Vagishvara, with four white faces, eight hands, the first two in the Dharma teaching gesture. The three lower right hold a sword, arrow and vajra. The three lower left, a Prajnaparamita book, bow and bell. With the same ornaments and garments. Seated in the vajrasana [posture]. (Bari Gyatsa).

[11] Manjushri Namasangiti.
Lord Manjushri, with three faces and four hands. Having a reddish tinge the body and main face are white. The first two hands hold a sword and book, the lower two an arrow and bow, with the same ornaments and garments. (Bari Gyatsa).

Lineage of Teachers: The Perfect Buddha, Holy Manjughosha, Khache Yeshe Dorje, Lobpon Jampal Dragpa, Kepa Palpe Zangpo, Dramze Yeshe Dorje, Sherab Jungne Bepa, Dramze Shepa Dorje, Padmakaravarmin, Shraddhakaravarmin, Lochen Rinchen Zangpo, Lochung Legpai Sherab, Ngog Ge Serwa, Kyangpo Dharma Drag, Triton Kunga Ozer, Khenpo Chokyi Dorje, Kunkhyen Choku Ozer, Pagod Yontan Gyatso, Buton Rinchen Drub, Tugse Rinchen Namgyal, Jamyang Dragpa Gyaltsen (1365-1448), Sharchen Yeshe Gyaltsen (d.1406) [TBRC P3094], etc.

Jeff Watt 8-2005 [updated 9-2017]

English References:

Tantric and Taoist Studies in Honour of R.A. Stein, Melanges Chinois et Bouddhiques, Michel Strickmann, editor, Vol.20 (Brussels: Institute Belge des Hautes Etudes Chinoises, 1981). The Litany of Names of Manjushri - Text and Translation of the Manjusrinamasamgiti, Ronald M. Davidson, pp. 1-69.

Religions of India In Practice, edited by Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Princeton University Press, 1995. The Litany of names of Manjushri. Ronald M. Davidson, pp.104-125.