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One of the five buddha family deities known as “buddha of boundless light” Usually depicted as red, which is associated with the direction west.
Also known as the Buddha of the Western Pureland, or the Blissful Pureland.
The scriptural basis for the six can be traced back to a late 6th-century Tendai text from China, although Batō was not part of the original six but rather inserted some four centuries later. In this role, the deity is known as Batō Myō-ō 馬頭明王 and included in a grouping known as the Hachidai Myō-ō 八大明王 (lit. Batō Kannon is not only said to protect dumb animals, particularly those who labor for mankind, but extends those powers to protecting their spirits and bringing them ease and a happier life than they experienced while on earth. Hadland Davis, 1913)In esoteric traditions, Batō Kannon appears in the Taizōkai (Womb World) Mandala in the Lotus Court (Rengebu-in 蓮華部院), also known as the Kannon-in 観音院.
Says the Digital Dictionary of Buddhism (abridged; sign in with user name = guest): “In Japan, from the beginning of the Tokugawa period, steles of Batō Kannon were dedicated to a deceased horse, as attested by numerous roadside steles bearing its figure and the inscription 馬供養 uma kuyō.
(Tibetan: choe ngon pa) The Buddhist teachings are often divided into the Tripitaka: the sutras (teachings of the Buddha), the vinaya (teachings on conduct,) and the abhidharma, which are the analyses of phenomena that exist primarily as a commentarial tradition to the Buddhist teachings.
There is not, in fact, an abhidharma section within the Tibetan collection of the Buddhist teachings.(Sanskrit: paramartha satya; Tibetan: dondam) There are two truths or views of reality: relative truth which is seeing things as ordinary beings do with the dualism of “I” and “other” and absolute truth, also called ultimate truth, which is transcending duality and seeing things as they are.(Tibetan: nyon yid) The seventh consciousness.
The fifth is ordinary consciousness such as the sensory and mental consciousnesses.(Tibetan: kun shi nam she) Alaya consciousness.
According to the Chittamatra or Yogachara School this is the eighth consciousness and is often called the ground consciousness or storehouse consciousness.
= Dainichikyō 大日經; composed sometime in the 6th / 7th century AD) and other tantric texts. Effigies of the Six Kannon began appearing in Japan in the early-mid 10th century onward and were prayed to for the welfare of the dead. = Vidyārāja), the warlike and wrathful deities of Esoteric Buddhism. In Japan, farmers pray to Batō Kannon for the safety and preservation of their horses and cattle.
First is form, which includes all sounds, smells, etc. The second and third are sensations (pleasant and unpleasant, etc.) and identification.