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Shaka

by Micha F. Lindemans
The Silent Sage in Japanese Buddhism, the embodiment of perfect virtue and the first appearance of the Buddha on earth in bodily form. Shrines dedicated to his worship can be found in every monastery. Shaka's great festival is called Hana-Matsuri ("Flower Festival") and is celebrated on April 8. Shaka corresponds with the Sanskrit Shakyamuni, Shaka Muni or Sakyamuni. Amoghasiddhi is his bodhisattva aspect.

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  • Also known as:
    Shaka Muni

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