Buddhist protection amulet Buddha Akashagarbha.
Size of pendant 60/34/8 mm
Weight of 53 grams
Silver 925 gold plated 18K.
Turquoise du Hubei
agate nan hong (southern red) of Yunnan
Mantra of compassion. Pendant rotating on a vertical axis.
Akashagarbha is the protector of people born under the sign of buffalo and tiger.
It is one of the eight great boddhisattva of vajrayana. and one of the thirteen Buddhas of the Japanese Tantric School Shingon. Its name is made up of 'unlimited space', and garbha, 'matrix'. invoked to develop wisdom.
Its cult has been maintained mainly in Japan.
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," some have suggested seeing 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 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 Kokûzô one day appear before him and then change into an old monk who gave him a pearl of wisdom.
According to Tibetan Buddhism, reciting the mantra of Chenrezi Om Mani Padme Hum, aloud or inwardly, is an invocation to Chenrezig's benevolent and powerful attention, the expression of the Buddha's compassion. Seeing the written mantra can have the same effect, which is why it is found in clearly visible places, even engraved in stone. It can also be invoked with prayer mills on which the mantra is inscribed, sometimes thousands of times. There are different formats of prayer mills: there are those that can be carried with you and run with one hand, and there are others that are so large and heavy that it takes several people to run them. According to Tibetan Buddhist monks, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum (Hung) alone brings together all the Buddha's teachings. We will now see step by step the power of this mantra in a more "technical" way.
Each syllable closes a door of reincarnation:
OM: Close the door of the world of Devas (gods). MA: Close the door of the world of asuras (half-gods). NI: Close the door to the human world. PAD: Closes the door to the animal world. ME: Closes the door of the world of pretas ("greedy spirits"). HUNG: Close the door of hell.
Each syllable purifies a veil:
OM: purifies the veil of the body. MA: purifies the veil of speech. NI: purifies the veil of the mind. PAD: purifies the veil of conflicting emotions. ME: purifies the veil of substantial existence. HUNG: purifies the veil that covers knowledge.
Each syllable is a mantra in itself:
OM: for the body of the Buddhas. MA: for the word of the Buddhas. NI: for the spirit of the Buddhas. PAD: for the virtues of the Buddhas. ME: for the achievements of the Buddhas. HUNG: for the grace of the body, the word, the spirit, the virtue and all the accomplishments of the Buddhas.
Each syllable corresponds to one of six transcendental paradigms or enhancements:
OM: generosity. MA: Ethics. NI: tolerance. PAD: Perseverance. ME: Concentration. HUNG: discernment.
Each syllable is also connected to a Buddha:
OM: Ratnasambhava. MA: Amaoghasiddi. NI: Vajradhara PAD: Vairocana. ME: Amitabha. HUNG: Akshobya.
Each syllable of the mantra cleanses us of a defect:
OM: pride. MA: the desire/desire to be entertained. NI: passion. PAD: stupidity/prejudice. ME: poverty/possessiveness. HUNG: Aggression/hate.
Finally, each syllable corresponds to one of the six wisdoms:
OM: the wisdom of stability. MA: Complete WISDOM NI: Wisdom emanates from oneself PAD: all embracing wisdom (dharma) ME: discriminating wisdom HUNG: mirror-like wisdom.
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