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November 23, 2011


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The little I've learned leaves me asking, what's the difference between this whom or that whom?


I have been directed to you by a man on yahoo answers. There I asked this question: In the vajradhatu mandala, the list of sixteen great bodhisattvas is not comprised of the astamahabodhisattvas?
Manjusri, Maitreya, Avalokiteshvara and so on are missing. The sixteen great bodhisattvas that are included all have their names begining with "vajra". Could it be that they are in fact the list of popular bodhisattvas but in vajra form? I am a soto zen practitioner from Romania and I relly am interested about this stuff.
I got a pretty good answer from somebody you know but he told me to come to you for an answer. Thank you.

David Ashton

For the one asking the question.

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