The Buddhist Protectors of the Chinese Zodiac

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When the Chinese Zodiac reached Japan, it met with a very strong and positive response and became very popular among the Japanese. As Buddhism is also very strong in Japan, the Chinese Zodiac soon became linked to their religion, where 8 Buddhist Protectors became associated with each of the 12 animals of the horoscope.

It is believed that people born under each sign receive the blessings and protection of the associated Protector. As to why there are 8 Protectors and not 12, there is no definitive answer. Sources often conjecture that it must be aligned to Chinese Taoism and Feng Shui which is based upon 8 specifically connected cosmic symbols (used in divinations etc.).

It is believed if you solicit the protector related to your birth during times of obstacles, you can clear your problems faster. If pujas, prayers and mantras are done to them, then it will benefit your obstacle periods.

The relationship with the 8 respective Buddhist Protectors are as follows:

 

1. 1000-armed Chenrezig
2.
Akasagarbha
3.
Manjushri
4.
Samantabhadra
5.
Mahasthamaprapta
6.
Vairocana
7.
Acala Vidyaraja
8.
Amitabha

            

 

Animal

Year of Birth

Buddhist Protector (Japanese Name)

Rat

1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Senju Kannon / Chenrezig / Avalokiteshvara

Ox

1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Kokuzo / Namkai Nyingpo / Akasagarbha

Tiger

1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Kokuzo / Namkai Nyingpo / Akasagarbha

Rabbit

1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Monju / Jampel Yang / Manjushri

Dragon

1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Fugen / Kuntu Zangpo / Samantabhadra

Snake

1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Fugen / Kuntu Zangpo / Samantabhadra

Horse

1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Seishi / Mahasthamapranta

Sheep

1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Dainichi / Nangpa Nangdze / Vairocana

Monkey

1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Dainichi / Nangpa Nangdze / Vairocana

Rooster

1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

Fudo / Acala Vidyaraja

Dog

1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

Amida / Opakme / Amitabha

Pig

1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

Amida / Opakme / Amitabha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senju Kannon / Kuan Yin / Chenrezig / Avalokiteshvara

The 1000-armed Buddha of Compassion

 

Kannon is the embodiment of all the Buddhas’ compassion, appearing in a female form in the Chinese / Japanese Mahayana Buddhist traditions, and as a male in the Indian / Tibetan traditions. Kannon is more commonly known as Kuan Yin in Chinese, Chenrezig in Tibetan and Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit. Kannon’s practice is among the most popular in all Buddhist countries and she/he is often propitiated for blessings and protection. The 1000-armed form of Kannon is depicted with 1000 eyes on every hand, which are all-seeing, gazing upon all sentient beings and coming to their aid to relieve their sufferings. It is believed that in doing Kannon’s practice sincerely, we can develop great patience, peace and compassion..

 

 

 

 

Kokuzo / Namkai Nyingpo / Akasagarbha

One of the eight great Bodhisattvas, Kokuzo represents the immense vastness of Buddha’s wisdom. It was widely believed in both Japan and Chinese that this Buddha’s blessings are so powerful that merely reciting his name and mantra would bestow great wisdom, intelligence and creative powers. Because of this, he is sometimes regarded as the Patron Deity of art. His practice is not as commonly practiced now except in the Japanese Shingon lineage. However, historically, he was very widely revered and worshipped for he is able to remove obstacles, help people to recognize and overcome their weaknesses and encourage the practice of the 6 Paramitas / Perfections: Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Perseverance, Concentration and Wisdom. .

 

 

 

Monju / Jampel Yang / Manjushri

Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom, is the perfect and complete representation of enlightened Wisdom; he represents all the wisdom of all the Buddhas. He is known for bestowing great intelligence, sharpness in studying and assimilating knowledge, sharp memory, and excellent communication skills – whether written or spoken. Many students, or people who are in the industries of learning and communication – such as teachers, academics, journalists, counselors, artists, public speakers – would benefit from relying on Manjushri’s practice. Spiritual practitioners often pray to Manjushri to help them in their study and meditations, and to grant them the ultimate wisdom they need to achieve full Enlightenment. .

 

 

Fugen / Kuntu Zangpo / Samantabhadra

In our mind is the potential to reach the awakened (Buddha) mind, the attainment of primordial reality where there is no suffering. This source potential is what is called Adi-Buddha. Fugen – more commonly known as Samantabhadra – is an Adi-Buddha representing the pure, unsullied mind that arises out of practice and pure conduct. He emphasizes the importance of sincere practice and moral conduct (which would involve the holding of precepts and vows).

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Seishi / Mahasthamaprapta

Seishi is mentioned in three very important Buddhist texts: the Immeasurable Life Sutra, the Meditation Sutra, and the Lotus Sutra. Seishi is an attendant to Amitabha and a guardian of Wisdom. He also represents great strength. In Japan, he is depicted in part of a trio, together with Amitabha and Chenrezig, and is part of a very strong Pure Land tradition. It is believed that this trio helps to lead the deceased to Sukhavati, Amitabha’s Pure Land.

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Dainichi / Nangpa Nangdze / Vairocana

Dainichi is more commonly known by his Sanskrit name, Vairocana, worshipped as a part of the 5 Dhayani Buddhas or 5 Buddha families. He is sometimes also referred to as the “primordial Buddha” and regarded as the embodiment of “Dharmakaya”, the ultimate, formless truth body of the Buddha. He also represents Emptiness (Shunyata) and is often depicted performing the Dharmacakra (teaching) mudra, symbolizing that he can teach us the way to achieve Emptiness and Enlightenment. As the realization of Emptiness is the direct counter to ignorance, our prayers to this Buddha can help us to cut away ignorance, gain wisdom and help us to realise the ultimate truth and nature of all things. This is very powerful and one of the two aspects we need to attain full Enlightenment (the other being Bodhicitta, Great Compassion).

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Fudo / Acala Vidyaraja

This Protector is known for being very swift at removing obstacles, particularly to Dharma practice. He is also able to clear very heavy, serious negative energies. As part of a group called the “Five Great Kings” or the “Five Knowledge Kings”, Fudo  / Acala Vidyaraja is characterized by a wrathful expression, used to “scare” away interferences and evil beings. Anyone who prayers to this Protector Buddha can be assured of protection.

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Amida / Opakme / Amitabha

 

Many Chinese and Japanese would have an especially strong affinity with Amitabha, having relied on his practice for many generations. Known to be the Buddha of Infinite Light or Infinite Life, Amitabha’s peaceful practice helps people to create the cause to be reborn in his pure realm of Sukhavati. Amitabha, in the form of Amitayus, is also a long-life deity and is known for bestowing blessings of longevity and good health. Many very large Buddhist schools around the world – both East and West – are based upon Amitabha’s practice.

 


 

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  1. Juldee on Jun 30, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this. A very interesting read. I never knew there is a Buddhist Protector for each chinese zodiac.

  2. madhu on May 11, 2019 at 2:14 am

    vairocana or five buddhist families is the sign of enlightenment..good to know.

  3. Jeanne on Jul 30, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    The meaning of night for me is the time to have the strength, to relax and to stop the time to think so to be ready to face the new trials ahead after I wake up in the morning. The scar on my knees is a proof that I am rising more robust to be the bravest, a real warrior.

  4. Emmy Lim on Oct 31, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  5. sonam yangchen on May 22, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    thank you la…i could know more la..

  6. Sing Yit Tan on Jan 15, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Thank you for this information.
    Now I never heard about my Buddhist Protector. ^.^ I like it!

  7. Low Khjb on Jan 12, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Thank you for the sharing Rinpoche.I do agree that the buddhist protector that was assign for my zodiac should be true.As I do agree that I have many inner demons to subdue and overcome in terms of bad habits and wrong views.

  8. annie on Aug 23, 2013 at 12:36 am

    im curious I always want to learn more bout Buddha but it always stop half way..my life miserable past few years till I met someone & he lead me bring me to chanting then I felt better n peace in mind..till todate I always advise my frens whatever I know bout Buddhist..now I chant setrap om maha yakcha tsa soha but I cnt feel anything

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  10. karma tsering on Mar 29, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you!
    OmManiPedmeHung!!!

  11. Girlie Ooi on Dec 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I am a Horse and my Buddhist protector is Mahasthamapranta. I have never heard of him before, so now I know.

    Seishi / Mahasthamaprapta

    Seishi is mentioned in three very important Buddhist texts: the Immeasurable Life Sutra, the Meditation Sutra, and the Lotus Sutra. Seishi is an attendant to Amitabha and a guardian of Wisdom. He also represents great strength. In Japan, he is depicted in part of a trio, together with Amitabha and Chenrezig, and is part of a very strong Pure Land tradition. It is believed that this trio helps to lead the deceased to Sukhavati, Amitabha’s Pure Land.

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  15. Wah Ying on Aug 30, 2012 at 1:06 am

    My Dharma Protector is Amitabha! No wonder I like Setrap, hehe, I have connection with Amitabha.

  16. i am may on Jul 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Thanks Rinpoche 🙂

  17. veronica on Oct 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    i m a rabbit. i am wearing samandhabadra pendant & not manjushri. Is it ok?

    thanks

  18. Helena Chin on Sep 26, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, these infos are AWESOME!! I have learn so much 🙂 Mekmek..

  19. Cynthia on Sep 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    In Singapore’s Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, they have this concept and section of matching Buddhas with Chinese zodiac. Basically, they displayed the Buddhas with write-up at the bottom. I thought it was such a great idea which we could somehow implement in future for KWPC as it’s the kind of thing people are most interested in. Maybe because it helps people to identify which protector they can propitiate if they dont have a yidam, etc as there are so many to choose from. Or maybe people like it that certain protectors can help us faster than another.

  20. henry ooi on Sep 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this interesting and informative post. I will refer people who are interested in reading Chinese Zodiac signs to this.

  21. Raluca on Sep 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you! Now I know my protector is Samantabhadra!

  22. kenny wong on Sep 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    dear Rinpoche,

    thank you for sharing such wonderful insights with us, now I know and will not be lazy and skip the majushri practice during my daily saddhna. So luckly to be a wood rabbit with such a powerful natural protector. 🙂

  23. Jeffrey Yee on Sep 7, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Have always been making guesses about the third Buddha who is part of the trio. Managed to figure out Amitabha and Avalokiteshvara but didn’t know anything about Seishi, now the puzzle is complete!

    Lucky to be a rabbit. Tsem Rinpoche and Manjushri for the win! Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting infos.

  24. Frederick Law on Sep 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    i am amazed at this information from Rinpoche, never knew we have Buddhist protector for each zodiac, this would be great to share with frens.hehe.. thank Rinpoche.

  25. Janice Kwok on Sep 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I am checking all the Protectors for my family, esp my parents. Thank you thank you very much Rinpoche, i can now share this with them and help them to start doing more to help themselves. Much prayers.

  26. tenzin llhamo on Sep 6, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Thank you Rinpoche.
    I didnt know that we have Buddhist protectors until I read it here…Rinpoche and team always full of exciting information…

  27. yek yee on Sep 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Even though I am a Chinese, if i not read through this write up posted by Rinpoche, I really don’t know that each of the Chinese Zodiac have different Buddhist Protectors. I like it!

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    Reading these inspiring quotes again to refresh myself of the Buddha teachings. If we understand, it will change our life in long run. Change is never painful, only resistance to change ourselves is painful. By refusing to accept this change, we make it worse because we’re fighting against it, against the flow of life. One moment can change a day, one day can change a life. We should be open to change and embrace changes. By accepting the fact that nothing in the universe is permanent . We learn and practice makes improvement in our life and be thankful always.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/25-quotes-from-buddha-that-will-change-your-life.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 11. 2022 03:16 PM
    PURE DEMOCRACY is democracy in which the power is exercised directly by the people rather than through representatives. Its much different in this case. Reading this article and all comments tells us a clear pictures what had actually happened in this Dorje Shugden controversy. In democratic countries, the government does not interfere with religion.People have the freedom to practise any religion they want. Dorje Shugden’s practice has been around for 400 years and it will continue as practitioners could see and understand the benefits of relying on the practice. Everyone of us should given the freedom of religious belief. Peace and harmony can only be maintain through understanding and interaction or maybe a dialogue between parties involved . I am sure Dorje Shugden practitioners and everyone in the communities can live in harmony. Be to fair the right to freedom of belief , interviews on both sides instead just listening one sided. No one should ever suffer, be segregated, assaulted, hurt, degraded, hated and biased for their religious beliefs. Once for all these controversy should be solved for the sake of peace and harmony. Thanks Justin Whitaker for speaking up and standing up for what you believe in for readers to have a better understanding rather then reading what Reuters had published.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/reuters-investigation-on-dorje-shugden-inaccurate.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 8. 2022 01:09 PM
    Its sad how those Dorje Shugden practitioners had suffered and life is tough for them. Could’nt imagine not allow to enter premises such as hospitals for treatment, schools for education , securing a government job and so forth. Our very own Kecharian had even denied hotel rooms just because we practice it. This controversy had been going on for too long , hopefully it will dissolve soon with H h Dalai Lama saying we can practice it . All can live happily, no discrimination, with peace and harmony then. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David. Of course a hand of applauds to those kecharian who have been working hard to collect all the evidence of the ban against Dorje Shugden.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/why-cant-the-dalai-lama-bind-dorje-shugden.html

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  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    5 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    5 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    5 years ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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