The Zodiac Patron Bodhisattva for the Dragon: Bodhisattva Samantabhadra
The concept of the Zodiac Patron Bodhisattva combines Buddhist theories of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas with the merits associated with the Chinese zodiac and gave rise to an auspicious cultural phenomenon.
Individuals born in the Year of the Dragon are often regarded as "descendants of the dragon" known for their lofty ideals, aspirations and a resilient, unconquerable spirit. Do you know which Bodhisattva is the Zodiac Patron for those born in the Year of the Dragon?
The answer is Bodhisattva Samantabhadra.
Bodhisattva Samantabhadra represents the moral virtues and meditative virtues of all Buddhas. The distinctive feature of this Bodhisattva's depiction is him riding a white elephant known as the "Six-Tusked White Elephant" which symbolises six kinds of tranquillity and four legs representing four virtues.
Bodhisattva Samantabhadra guides wisdom into action demonstrating the inseparable connection between wisdom and action and helps seekers achieve their goals. Bodhisattva Samantabhadra is also known as the Great Conduct Bodhisattva.