Dainichi (Jap.; Skt., Mahāvairocana). The cosmic Buddha of Shingon or esoteric Buddhism. All phenomena point to the reality of Dainichi, and at the same time they are all manifestations of that reality. More concretely, it is said that the six elements—earth, water, fire, wind, space, and consciousness—create all Buddhas, all sentient beings, and the material world, Dainichi revealing the six elements in perfect harmony. The basic practice of esoteric Buddhism is to integrate the microcosmic activities of the body, speech, and mind with the samādhi of the macrocosmic Dainichi.
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