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Five Sambhogakaya Buddhas

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Skt., pancabuddha Tib., sangs rgyas lnga: Five Purified and Awakened Ones;

According to the Bardo Thödol, these five Dhyani Buddhas appear, one per day and in union with the corresponding Wisdom Dakinis, during the first five days of the bardo:



In the drawing, the central blue plane represents the sambhogakaya realm, indicating the five directions in which the above Buddhas manifest as visionary beings representing the all-encompassing Adibuddha (here symbolized by the three-dimensional sphere).

Each of these Buddhas represents one of the five families and each also has a so-called 'spiritual son' (or two): Bodhisattvas who represent the active energy of the respective Sambhogakaya Buddha by way of their (Nirmanakaya) manifestations and incarnations.

Note: There are other collective Sanskrit names in use for these five deities: tathagathas and jinas. Also, there are other systems of organization - mostly with Vairocana changing positions (center/east) with Akshobhya.

Source

http://yoniversum.nl/dakini/bud5samb.html