Malay Buddhist rosary
108 sacred fig seeds (pipal/ bodhi) 9/8mm diameter each
Representation of Ganesh in Alashan's jasper
Turquoise du Hubei
Agate nan hong (southern red) of Yunnan
Buddha having attained enlightenment under a sacred fig tree, pipal seeds are the most traditional material for making malas. These seeds patinate and take on a nice shine over time called "porcelain layer". Our seeds come from the island of Hainan known for cultivating and drying the finest quality in the world. Beware many sites and specialty stores name these seeds as Lotus seeds by mistake.
Legend has it that a fight took place between the two ganesh, that the Buddhist won and snatched the Hindu's head instead of his own. More seriously, Ganesh was incorporated into Buddhism by its tantric form, which originated in India in Odisha and then traveled first to Nepal by Indian traders, and then to Japan, which we will discuss later, the deity having taken an interesting place in the Shingon and Tendai forms of The Archipelago Buddhism.
The Elephant God Ganesh (or Ganesha/Ganapati, also sometimes called siddhi data) is one of the most popular gods of Hinduism and is also widely represented in the Temples of Theravada Buddhism (India, Thailand, Indonesia...) and in those of Vajrayana (Tibet, Nepal...). It plays an important role in tantrism and is present in the Tibetan pantheon where it is recognized mainly as a deity of wealth but also is part of the attributes of certain wrathful deities, somewhat frightening, terrible, secret and fear, discarding obstacles.
The Japanese name of Ganesh is "Shoten" (聖) or Kangiten (歓喜), Japanese Buddhism considers it a manifestation of The Kannon Bosatsu (聖観音菩薩). In Japanese, the kanji is used as the equivalent of the Hindu Deva.
Kangiten's cult began in Japan around the 8th century- 9th century. Import due to Kukai (July 31, 774 - April 22, 835) scholar and official at the Japanese imperial court (early Heian era), holy founder of the esoteric Buddhist school Shingon, during his trip to China in 804, with the aim of initiating the tantric form of Buddhism. There he met the eminent Buddhist scholar Pranja from the Gandhara region, the birthplace of Mahayana or a large vehicle, a region in northwestern Pakistan.
Pranja, a former student of Nalanda, a prestigious centre for Buddhist studies in northern India, was a major importer of Buddhist texts in China.
After a decade-long trip to China, Kukai returned to Japan and introduced Tantric Buddhism with his return and introduced several Hindu deities, including Ganesh, thus founding the Shingon current, somehow ensuring the survival of the Chinese Tangmi.
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