Akshobhya

Akshobhya (阿閦佛; མི་བསྐྱོད་པ་; अक्षोभ्य), The Inperturbable - East

Akshobhya is the embodiment of 'mirror knowledge' (Sanskrit: ādarśa-jñāna; refer Panchajnana). This may be described as a knowledge of what is real, and what is illusion, or a mere reflection of actual reality. The mirror may be likened to the mind itself. It is clear like the sky and empty, yet luminous. It holds all the images of space and time, yet it is untouched by them. Its brilliance illuminates the darkness of ignorance and its sharpness cuts through confusion. Akshobhya represents this eternal mind, and the Vajra family is similarly associated with it.

The Vajra family, is also associated with the element of water, hence the two colours of the Vajra being blue, like the depths of the ocean; or bright white, like sunlight reflecting off water. Even if the surface of the ocean is blown into crashing waves, the depths remain undisturbed, imperturbable. Although water may seem ethereal and weightless, in truth it is extremely heavy. Water flows into the lowest place and settles there. It carves through solid rock, but calmly, without violence. When frozen, it is hard, sharp, and clear like the intellect, but to reach its full potential, it must also be fluid and adaptable like a flowing river. These are all the essential qualities of Akshobhya.

Many wrathful, tantric beings are represented as blue in colour because they embody the transmuted energy of hatred and aggression into wisdom and enlightenment.


Akshobhya is the embodiment of courage and patience to overcome anger and negative emotion. Akshobhya gives us the courage to take on our anger, to develop a warriorship of the mind, which is quite different from the military warriorship of defeating others.

We want to become Akshobhya and that does not mean wearing robes like his and walking around with our hands in his mudra. We want to become the absolute Akshobhya, which is a state of realization and freedom from the agitation caused by the afflictive emotions. To achieve this, we begin by thinking of ourselves as Akshobhya and embodying his courageous state of mind. This allows us to develop real positive qualities and that is the real point of his practice.

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