Cultures & Traditions


Manjushri is the bodhisattva of transcendent wisdom (prajna). He is mentioned in early Mahayana texts and is thought to be the oldest bodhisattva. Manjushri is typically depicted carrying a sword to cut ignorance and a Buddhist sutra. At times he carries a lotus. Manjushri is often shown riding a lion, highlighting his fearlessness and nobility.

Adapted from

A. Lesovsky, DMA unpublished material, 2013.