Buddhist protection reliquary Akashagarbha in solid silver 925 gold plated 18k turquoise nan hong. wheel of life
Wheel of life on the back, turning as shown in the video available via this link
Dimensions: 56/43/7 mm
Weight of about 58 grams.
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Akashagarbha one of the eight great bodhisattvas of vajrayana and one of the thirteen Buddhas of the Japanese Tantric School Shingon. Its cult was maintained mainly in Japan, It was introduced to Japan during the Nara period (645-794).
Its name can be translated as "treasure of space without limits" because its wisdom would be unlimited as space itself. He is sometimes known as the twin brother of the bodhisattva Ksitigarbha.
formed of 'unlimited space', and garbha, 'matrix'; "embryo" or "consecrated deposit in a temple under construction." It is interpreted in its Chinese translation, as a "space store". Space contains everything and it itself is empty, this void is the true nature of reality, shunyata, source and repository of all wisdoms and virtues. The Sutra of the great assembly compares 'k'agarbha to a rich man who opens his treasure without restraint to others. Bodhisattva is known to distribute without limit compassion and wisdom. The term 'oka' can also be understood as 'heavenly space', as opposed to 'land'. This interpretation gave rise to the dyad 'K-agarbha/Kshitigarbha', which had a brief existence in the early days of Buddhism in Japan. The bodhisattva sometimes appears under other names in the similar sense of 'K-agarbha': Gaganagarbha or Khagarba in Sanskrit, Xuk-ngyùn pàsà 虛空孕菩薩 in Chinese and Kokezô in Japanese.
The moon, the sun and the stars are said to be its manifestations. this bodhisattva is therefore the one who lives in heaven and who helps in particular the deities to become wise.
It is associated with a ritual to improve the memory described in the sutras bearing his name. Even today, many people recite his mantra in the hope of obtaining an infallible memory. On the island of Honshu, children at the end of their thirteenth year pay tribute to Kokuzo for asking for their intellectual capacity to be strengthened. This mantra also affects manual abilities.
Namo 'koagarbh'ya! O'rya kamari mauli svàh!
The essence of the ether is the essence of ether and belongs on the mandalas to the ratna family (jewel). According to the Akashagarbha Soutra, he is prayed eastwards while waiting for dawn (arua) which is his 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 "heaven," some4 have proposed to see a celestial or stellar deity at the origin of bodhisattva.
This bodhisattva is associated with a memory-enhancing ritual described in the Bodhisattva's Soutra, which 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 seek improvements in their intellectual abilities. We also pray for manual skill in the process of being used; he is considered the patron saint of craftsmen.
Apart from its utilitarian aspects, Kokuzô's mantra also has a spiritual effect. It is recited to develop wisdom. Kukai, founder of Shingon Buddhism, made several times his particular asceticism, the "Goumanji" 100-day ritual consisting of repeating the mantra a million times in isolation. At the end of the 10th, it is said that the star of dawn, symbolized by the bodhisattva, went down to blend into him, bringing him enlightenment.
Last on the list of thirteen Buddhas of the Shingon current, 'K-agarbha' also closes the cycle of funeral rituals by presiding over the last commemorative ceremony 32 years after the death.
It also has some importance in Nichiren Buddhism. The Seich-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 Kokûzô one day appear before him and then change into an old monk who gave him a pearl of wisdom.
One of the first bodhisattvas to reach Japan and its representations are numerous. He is usually depicted sitting, holding in his left hand a pearl, in the right a sword, or the right makes the gesture (mudrâ) without fear, or more rarely that of gift. Like Manjushri's, his sword represents wisdom for ignorance. A flower topped with the "jewel that fulfills wishes" accompanies or replaces it.
There are a set of five 'k'agarbha' which are its emanations. They represent his five types of wisdom and are ordained according to orientations like the five meditation Buddhas. A particularly notable example is the To-ji Temple in Tokyo, imported from China in the 9th century.
Its skin is yellow or white. He is usually depicted sitting on a bird, holding in his left hand a pearl, in the right a sword or bow. Or sometimes the right makes the gesture (mudra) of no fear, or more rarely that of the gift. Like Manjushri's, his sword represents wisdom for ignorance. A flower topped with the "jewel that fulfills wishes" accompanies or sometimes even replaces it.
There are a set of five Akashagarbha that are its emanations. They represent his five types of wisdom and are ordained according to orientations like the five meditation Buddhas.
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