- A 'wisdom' figure, associated with the Heart Sutra in particular, and the Perfection of Wisdom literature in general
- Reality, emptiness, non-dual awareness
- Her body is made of golden Buddhas
- "The book that became a goddess" (Vessantara)
- Sitting in meditation posture
- Mature woman (other archteypal Buddhas of Mahayana Buddhism are visualized as 16 years old).
- Hands form either the teaching gesture or meditation gesture...or both! (sometimes she's got 4 arms)
- Golden light
- Images of Prajnaparamita are not common. At one point (possibly in the '50's) Edward Conze said there were only about 40 statues in existence.
- The easiest way to identify her is by looking for a small book resting on a blooming lotus flower by one or both shoulders
- Other symbols: vajra, mala, sword (cutting through delusion), begging bowl
- Since all Buddhas are born of wisdom--she is mother of them all
Here are some of the qualities of Prajnaparamita. Can you think of more?