MAHAVAIROCANA / DAINICHI NYORAI / VAIROCANA
In its ultimate form, reality, and totality, the universe is referred to as Mahavairocana or Dainichi Nyorai. Mahavairocana stands for “The Great Shining One” and that translates in Japanese to Dainichi Nyorai which means “The Great Sun Buddha”.
And Dainichi Nyorai is everywhere, literally, and is just… everything. All other Bodhisattvas and Buddhas are just different aspects, elements, or emanations of Dainichi Nyorai. The many Bodhisattvas and Buddhas we know are holding overlapping, yet distinct fields of energy.
Those fields of energy are Dainichi’s compassion, wisdom, love, and even some other activities and energies. When you worship or revere any specific Buddha, you’ll be worshipping Dainichi perfectly well and when you worship or revere Dainichi, you’ll be worshipping/revering any of his Bodhisattvas and Buddhas.
Dainichi Nyorai is key and the central figure in both the Taizo-kai (Gharbadhatu) Mandaras or Mandalas, and Kongo-kai (Vajradhatu). In Japanese, the two key elements of the existence of Dainichi (the Teachings and Understanding elements) are referred to a “Ri” (the principle or reason) and “Chi” (the wisdom).
Buddhist followers that aim to manifest their Buddha potential to the fullest are required to master both of these elements to perfection. We may also refer to these elements as the static one, Wisdom, and the active one, Application. To be able to truly vibrant and alive, Wisdom requires Application.
If there is no element of Application, the element of Wisdom will remain useless, regardless of someone’s best-intentioned energy levels. Consequently, both aspects of the concept of the Absolute (Understanding or Wisdom and its Application) need to be full parts of the lives we experience. At least, if we ever want to achieve anything that has value in our lives.
In Buddhism, there are 4 Noble Truths, the Truth of Arising, the Truth of Suffering, the Truth of the Path, and the Truth of Cessation and all of this relates to the big questions in life. Is it that suffering stems from our greed and ignorance? Buddha believed that the be so. However, he offered a pathway out. a road into enlightenment, as well.