protective amulet Tibetan Manjushri in Sterling Silver 925 Tangka hand painted
The Dharma wheel at the back of the pendant is rotating.
Paint protected by a rock crystal glass
The Rams represent Garuda, a fabulous bird-man of Hindu and Buddhist mythology, son of Kashyapa and Vinatâ and brother of Aruna, the driver of the chariot of the God Surya. It is the vâhana, or mount, of the God Vishnu. He is also considered the King of birds.
In Tibet, Khyung (ཁྱུང) is the Tibetan name of the Garuda. Coming from India, it was assimilated to the khading of the Bön religion, the Golden-horned Eagle. The black Garuda is a deity of the Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism that is held to suppress the affections caused by the Naga and spirits of the Earth. He's featured on the Lungta. It is depicted in the iconography of Shambhala by Chogyam Trungpa for whom it is associated with a significant speed and power. Like the Phoenix, it emerges from the ashes of destruction, it is indestructible.
Also on the belted is a Pyrope Garnet.
Manjushri is the protector of the people born under the sign of the Lievre.
Manjushrî was a disciple of Shâkyamuni, with Samanta-bhadra, one of the acolytes in the groups of images called Shaka Sanzon, "the three venerable of Shekyamuni". It is "the one whose beauty is charming," the Bodhisattva "of marvelous virtue and sweet Majesty."
Important in the both Mahayana and vajrayāna. It is invoked for, among others, the success in studies. It represents the wisdom, intelligence and power of the mind. "His worship confers divine wisdom, mastery of the Dharma, a faithful memory, mental perfection, eloquence. He would have indefinitely delayed his accession to the State of Buddha, moved by an infinite compassion that pushed him to dwell in this world until there is no longer a single being to bring on the path of Supreme enlightenment.
He is the protector of the people born under the sign of the Lievre/rabbit.
The two main emblems of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom, are the fiery sword and the Sutra of perfection, in his left hand, near the heart. The fiery sword represents Manjushri's penetrating intelligence, which slices all illusions, revealing the empty nature of all things. The sword represents above all the wisdom, the discernment that tears the sails of ignorance.
Manjushrî would have been the initiator and master of the Buddha of past ages. It should also be that of the Buddha of the future, Maitreya. "Manjushrî is the father and mother of the bodhisattva, and he is their spiritual friend." The Buddha himself described Manjushrî and praised him in the Manjushrîparinirvâna-Sutra. This bodhisattva was therefore very often represented, both in India and in Tibet, in China and in Japan, as well as in Nepal, which, according to tradition, would be the founder of China. His images appear only late in Central Asia and on some Chinese stelae, associated with Vimalakîrti (JAP. Yuima Koji) in the life of the century.
According to the Nepalese legend, Majushri opened the Valley of Kathmandu by cutting, with a blow of his flaming sword, a breach in the mountains encircling the Valley. The lake occupying the latter was thus emptied by the Gorges of chobar, which bear the mark of this coup.
The mantra of Mañjuśrī the best known is OM Ah RA PA TCHA na Dhih, the syllables-germs Dhih and mum are associated with Manjushri. To have a good memory or to develop his intelligence is often addressed to the bodhisattva of great wisdom, and the recitation of the mantra is very practiced in China.
Long version: Namah Samanta buddhānām. He he Kumāraka Vimukti pathasthita Smara Smara pratijñā svāhā.
His worship in China has developed from the northern and Southern dynasties (420 — 589) on Mount Wutai (五台山/五臺山, wǔtáishān, "mountain of the five terraces"). Wutai Shan is one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China. It culminates at 3 058 m at the Yedou peak. It is located in the territory of the City-prefecture of Xinzhou, in the province of Shanxi, only a few tens of kilometers south of one of the five sacred mountains of China: Mount Heng and less than 300 km from Beijing. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list on 26 June 2009.
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