bodhisattva Kshitigarbha (Dizang, Jizo).
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Dizang, the savior of the underworld. Dizang, known in China as Dizang Wang or Dizang Pusa, is the savior of the underworld in Chinese Buddhism.
Its name "Hidden Treasure of the Earth" is the translation of the Sanskrit Ksitigharba, which means "he who conceals the earth". It belongs to the tetralogy of the great Chinese bodhisattvas, masters of the four sacred Buddhist mountains.
Dizang is often depicted as a young monk with a tonsured skull, who holds in his hand a pilgrim's bumblebee and in the other a luminous pearl. Both serve him to guide the souls of the dead to get them out of the underworld.
Dizang shares with Guanyin the great wish to be present as long as there are men to rescue, for all the interminable "period without Buddha" that will end only with the regenerative coming of Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future.
But if Guanyin deploys his infinite compassion in this world, Dizang extends his action into the afterlife, repatriating his faithful departed in the peaceful stay of Nirvana.
His cult has therefore developed mainly in China where he is one of the four great bodhisattvas. Like those of Amituofo and Guan Yin, it is centered around the function of spiritual deliverance that is attributed to it. Nevertheless, while the previous two are interested in the six categories of creatures without distinction, Dizangwang's specialty is the rescue of souls from hell. Has
His cult in China is also linked to a Tang-era monk considered his incarnation, founder of the Temple of Mount Jiuhua where his mummy was kept. Jiuhua is one of the four great Buddhist mountains each associated with one of the four great bodhisattvas.
Like Amitabha and Avalokiteshvara, Dizangwang took a vow to deliver souls from hell. This tradition is recorded in the Dizangwang Vow Sutra. The coming of Ksitigarbha is announced by Buddha Shakyamuni in the Paradise Trayastrimsa as a mark of gratitude to his mother Maya. The Buddha explains that Ksitigarbha was once a young Brahmin whose mother had often shown impiety; she had then resolved to save her by dint of offerings and prayers; on this occasion she had seen hell and vowed to become Buddha (or bodhisattva) to deliver all its inhabitants.
Two childlike Japanese Jizos wearing the red bibs offered by the grieving mothers. According to the sutra, the Buddha entrusted Ksitigarbha with the task of watching after him over the "world without Buddha" while waiting for the arrival of the buddha of the future, Maitreya. This text had familiar resonances for the Chinese: millenarianism announcing the loss of dharma transmission until the arrival of the future Buddha; importance of filial piety.
In Japan, Jizo is especially solicited by women who have had a miscarriage or had an abortion, and placed at crossroads because these places particularly attract ghosts and other demons.
Apart from his help to souls in pain, he occasionally performs the function of a purveyor of wealth by virtue of the pearl he holds in his hand on tantric representations and his name, which sometimes appears on lottery tickets, in Hong Kong for example.
Here is its complete sutra for anyone wishing to read it
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