Akashagarbha Tibetan Protection Amulet
black gold 750/1000th (18K)
hand-painted thangka (sold with certificate of authenticity)
prayer wheel turning on the back.
Diamond paving on the top and bottom of the pendant
sold with a black sandalwood mala in its box.
Pendant dimensions: 45/35mm
Tangka dimensions: 40/30 mm
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Black gold is an atypical metal little known, but often used in jewelry. pure gold (24K) blend of palladium (gold+ palladium gives white gold) plus a more stable and durable black rhodium bath than a ruthenium rhodium plating. Rhodium black gold gives a very dark anthracite gray color with beautiful metallic reflections.
Tangka is painted at Longwu Temple, also called Wutun. Tibetan lamaserie located in Rebkong Tibetan Prefecture, Amdo Province, called Huangnan in Qinghai Province in China and is 186 km from Xining.
Renowned center of Tibetan thangka painting. Regong arts were inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The colors of this tangka are composed of pure gold and crushed minerals.
sold with certificate of authenticity.
a prayer scroll dedicated to Vairocana Buddha is contained in the mill on the back.
The protective glass is made of leuco sapphire like high-end watches.
on the ram is set an authentic turquoise from Arizona.
Akashagarbha is the protector of people born under the sign of buffalo and tiger.
He is one of the eight great boddhisattva of the vajrayana. and one of the thirteen Buddhas of the Japanese Tantric Shingon school. Its name is formed from ākāśa, "unlimited space", and garbha, "matrix". invoked to develop wisdom.
His cult was maintained mainly in Japan.
Ākāśagarbha represents the essence of the ether and belongs on the mandalas to the family of the ratna (jewel). According to the Akashagarbha Sutra, it is prayed to the east while waiting for dawn (aruņa) which is its manifestation. It is also said that the moon, the sun and the stars are its manifestations. Given that part of its name may have the meaning of "sky", some have proposed to see a celestial or stellar deity at the origin of the bodhisattva.
This bodhisattva is associated with a memory-enhancing ritual described in the Bodhisattva Sutra Ākāśagarbha that was introduced to Japan during the Nara period (645-794). Even today, many recite his mantra in the hope of revitalizing a failing memory. On the island of Honshu, children used to pay tribute to Kokuzo on their thirteenth birthday to solicit the improvement of their intellectual abilities. Ākāśagarbha is also prayed for manual skill; he is considered the patron saint of craftsmen.
Apart from its utilitarian aspects, the Mantra of Kokûzô also has a spiritual effect. It is recited to develop wisdom. Kukai, founder of Shingon Buddhism, did several times his particular asceticism, "the Goumanji" ritual of 100 days consisting of repeating the mantra a million times in isolation. At the end of the 10th century, it is said that the star of dawn, symbolized by the bodhisattva, descended to blend into him, bringing him enlightenment.
Last on the list of the Thirteen Buddhas of the Shingon current, Ākāśagarbha also closes the cycle of funeral rituals by presiding over the last commemorative ceremony 32 years after the death.
Ākāśagarbha also has some importance in Nichiren Buddhism. The Seicho-ji (Kiyosumi-dera), a temple where the founder of the current studied, was built around a statue of this bodhisattva. According to the Gosho, a collection of his writings, Nichiren saw one day Kokûzô appear before him and then change into an old monk who gave him a pearl of wisdom.
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