The five Dhyanis Buddhas
Buddhas also known as the Five Wisdom Tathāgatas represent the five wisdoms of
the Buddha. They are represented with colors, attributes and mudras (gestures)
and placed on different points inside a Mandala.
Vairocana is seated on lotus pedestal surrounded by a thousand flowers. Seed
syllable: OM - Placed in the center of a mandala, its element is fire.
Buddha - Vajra (Diamond) sitting on an elephant throne, symbolized by a vajra,
blue, with the seed syllable: HUNG - mirror-like wisdom. Placed in the East.
Its element is space.
- Buddha Ratnasambhava - Ratna (Jewel), symbolized by a jewel, yellow, with the
seed syllable TRAM - Wisdom impartial and identity (equanimity). Located south
- Its element is earth.
- Buddha Amitabha - Padma (Lotus), red. His seed syllable is HRI. It is placed to
the west (sunset defines its color). Known for his longevity attribute and the
aggregate of distinguishing (recognition) and the deep awareness of
Buddha is the Buddha of the North. Its name means "author of good."
His seed syllable is AH. It is the mudra of protection (right hand raised, palm
facing forward). He is often depicted in green and
symbolizes wisdom and fulfilling.