Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Manjushri (Bari Gyatsa, edited)

One Hundred Methods of Bari | Manjushri Main Page | Iconography Collections

The One Hundred Methods of Accomplishment

By Ngorchen Konchog Lhundrub (1497-1557), bibliographic information.

(Based on the Bari Gyatsa of Bari Lotsawa Rinchen Drag, 1040-1112 [P3731]. Wylie List).

2. Stira Chakra Manjushri
3. Arapachana Manjushri
4. Manjuvajra
5. Manjuvajra Panchadeva
6. Vadi Raja Manjushri
7. Maha Raja Manjushri
8. Vidyadhara Pitaka Samskipta Manjushri
9. Ananga Vajra Manjushri
1O. Dharmadhatu Vagishvara (Manjushri)
11. Manjushri Namasangiti
12. Siddha Kavira (Manjushri)
13. Manjushri Prajna Chakra
14. Krishna Yamari [1]
15. Krishna Yamari [2]
16. Krishna Yamari [3]

[2] Stira Chakra Manjushri.
Lord Manjushri Stira Chakra Bhavana, with a colour like fresh saffron, one face, two hands, the right holding aloft a sword and the left holding to the heart the One Hundred Thousand [versed] book; having jewel ornaments and garments of silk. Seated with the feet in the vajrasana [posture].

[3] Arapachana Manjushri.
White Lord Manjushri Arapachana, holding in the right [hand] a sword [and in] the left a book, in the same manner as before, with ornaments, garments and seated.

[4] Manjuvajra.
Youthful Manjushri, with three faces and six hands. The main face having a saffron colour, the right blue, the left white. With six hands in the three right are a sword, arrow [and gesture] of supreme generosity. In the left is the Prajnaparamita book, a blue utpala and bow. In the same manner as before, with ornaments, garments and seated.

[5] Manjuvajra.
Above a peacock throne is a red lotus with four petals. In the middle and each of the four directions are moon discs. In the middle...is Manjuvajra. In the four directions beginning in the east are Moha Kumari, Mag Kumari, Irshya Kumari and Kula Kumari. [All] have bodies red in colour and hold a vajra and bell. In the same manner as before, with ornaments, garments and seated.

[6] Vadi Raja Manjushri.
[Above] a blue lion with the head looking to the right, in the middle, is a lotus, moon...Vadi Raja Manjushri, with a body colour like melted gold. The two hands are held at the heart performing the Dharma teaching gesture [and] the left holds a blue utpala with a Prajnaparamita book resting upon it. With the same ornaments and garments, seated in the lalitaraja posture. At the front left is Krodha Yama, with a body blue in colour, one face and two hands. The right is held supporting the shin of the Blessed One and the left holds a lasso. With three eyes and bared fangs, yellow hair bristling upwards, the head adorned with a garland of skulls and wearing a lower garment of tiger skin; standing in a manner looking at the face of the Lord.

[7] Maharaja Manjushri.
[Above] a lion, lotus and moon...is Manjushri with a body orange in colour, one face and two hands, seated in the lalitaraja [posture]. The right hand is extended with the palm down on the right knee, the left holds to the heart a blue utpala stem, with the petals blossoming beside the ear, the same ornaments and garments.

[8] Vidhyadhara Pitaka Samkshepta.
[Above] a lotus and moon is white Manjushri Arapachana. Holding a sword and a book, the same ornaments and garments, seated in the lalitaraja [posture].

[9] Anangavajra Manjughosha.
Anangavajra Manjughosa, a body yellow in colour, with six hands. The first two hold a flower bow drawn near to the ear with the arrow tipped with a red utpala [flower]. The middle two hold a sword and blue utpala, the lower two, a mirror and branch of the ashoka tree. With the same ornaments and garments. Seated in a manner with the left leg extended.

[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].

[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.

[12] Arya Manjushri Vajra Siddhi Kavira.
White Siddhi Kavira, with one face and two hands, the right [in the gesture of] supreme generosity, the left holding a blue utpala [flower], the same ornaments and garments. Seated in the vajrasana [posture].

[13] Manjushri Prajna Chakra.
White Manjushri Prajna Chakra holding a sword and book, with the same ornaments, garments and posture as before.

[14] Krishna Yamari, [six faces, six hands].
Yamari has a body black in colour, six faces and six hands. The main face and one above it are black. The right face and one above it are white. The left face and one above it are red. The first two hands hold a vajra and bell crossed at the heart. The middle two hold a skullcup and lasso. The last two hold a sword and staff. Standing with the front two legs in the vajrasana [posture], the middle two have the right bent and the left straight [and] the last two have the left bent and the right straight. The hair, eyebrows and beard are orange and flowing upwards, with a crown of five dry skulls and a necklace of fifty fresh [skulls]. Adorned with snake and jewel ornaments. Having a tiger skin as a lower garment.

[15] Krishna Yamari, [one face, two hands].
Krishna Yamari has one face and two hands. The right holds aloft a blue stick marked with a vajra and the left, a wrathful [gesture] together with a lasso held to the heart, with the same ornaments and appearance as before. Standing above a red buffalo in a manner with the left leg extended.

[16] Krishna Yamari, [three faces, six hands].
He is the same as all the other [previous Yamaris], with three faces and six hands, the body and main face are blue, the right white and the left red. With six hands, the three right hold, a wheel, sword and staff, the three left, a body impaled on a strong vetali tree, vajra and noose.

Jeff Watt [updated 12-2018]