Buddhist protection amulet Buddha Amitabha.
Pendant dimension 60/34/8 mm
Weight of 53 grams
Silver 925 gold plated 18K.
Turquoise du Hubei
agate nan hong (southern red) from Yunnan
Mantra of compassion. Pendant rotating on a vertical axis.
Amitābha, Amitāyus or Amida is a Buddha of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. He reigns in the "Pure Western Land of Beatitude" (sk.: Sukhāvatī, ch.: Xīfāng jílè shìjiè, ja.: saihō goraku sekai 西方極樂世界), a wonderful, pure, perfect world, devoid of evil, suffering. This pure land, a place of refuge outside the cycle of transmigrations – or the equivalent of nirvāņa according to some conceptions – is at the center of the beliefs and practices of the pure land schools. This Buddha, also called the Buddha of buddhas, is very popular among Mahāyānists, especially in the Chinese world, Korea, Japan, Tibet and Vietnam.
According to Tibetan Buddhism, reciting Chenrezi Om Mani Padme Hum's mantra, 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, or even engraved in stone. It can also be invoked using prayer wheels on which the mantra is inscribed, sometimes thousands of times. There are different formats of prayer wheels: there are those that you can carry with you and rotate with one hand, and there are others that are so large and heavy that it takes several people to turn them. According to Tibetan Buddhist monks, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum (Hung) alone brings together all the teachings of the Buddha. 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 to the world of the Devas (gods). MA: Close the door to the world of asuras (demigods). NI: Close the door to the human world. PAD: Close the door to the animal world. ME: Close the door to the world of pretas ("greedy spirits"). HUNG: Close the gate to 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 contradictory 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 refinements:
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 purifies us of a defect:
OM: Pride. MA: the desire/desire to be entertained. NI: passionate desire. PAD: stupidity / prejudice. ME: poverty/possessiveness. HUNG: aggressiveness/hatred.
Finally, each syllable corresponds to one of the six wisdoms:
OM: the wisdom of stability. MA: the all-fulfilling wisdom NI: wisdom emanates from oneself PAD: the all-embracing wisdom (dharma) ME: the discriminating wisdom HUNG: the mirror-like wisdom.
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