Buddhist protective amulet Bodhisattva Akashagarbha,
Aquilaria wood (Agar)
agate nan hong (southern red) of Yunnan, site of Baoshan, this agate owes its color to the presence of sinnabar.
Symbol of Yin and Yang turning on the back thanks to a ball bearing system
of high precision elaborated in Germany as shown in the 7th photo
Diameter of 38.5mm
Weight of 38 grams
Comes with an adjustable cord with 925 silver beads
Delivered in a custom wooden box.
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The tropical tree aquilaria belongs to the Family Thymelaeceae, which includes about forty species distributed mainly in Southeast Asia. It has a slender appearance, clear bark and intense glossy green leaves; it can easily exceed five meters in height.
Aquilaria is the origin of agarwood, as well as sought-after species and other rare and precious products. A characteristic that it shares with a close genus, the Gyrinops, endowed with nine species distributed equally in Southeast Asia.
These trees have been known for millennia for the virtues of their black, resinous and fragrant wood. It is one of the most precious woods in the world
Agarwood is also known as Eaglewood, oud, Aloeswood, Gaharu in Indonesia, Jinkoh or Kanankoh in Japan. It is used by the peoples of Southeast Asia and the Middle East for its fragrant properties – its scent is woody, powerful, musky – and medicinal.
It is used as incense in some religious rituals, especially in Korea or Hinduism. It has also served as a support for preserving certain texts: this is the case of the Pormuniyan, a Javanese medico-magical collection, kept at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. It is also used in the form of essential oil, extracted from wood after a complex maceration and distillation process.
Akashagarbha is the protector of people born under the sign of buffalo and tiger.
He is one of the eight great boddhisattva of the vajrayana. and one of the thirteen Buddhas of the Japanese Tantric Shingon school. Its name is formed from ākāśa, "unlimited space", and garbha, "matrix". invoked to develop wisdom.
His cult was maintained mainly in Japan.
Ākāśagarbha represents the essence of the ether and belongs on the mandalas to the family of the ratna (jewel). According to the Akashagarbha Sutra, it is prayed to the east while waiting for dawn (aruņa) which is its 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 "sky", some have proposed to see a celestial or stellar deity at the origin of the bodhisattva.
This bodhisattva is associated with a memory-enhancing ritual described in the Bodhisattva Sutra Ākāśagarbha that 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 solicit the improvement of their intellectual abilities. Ākāśagarbha is also prayed for manual skill; he is considered the patron saint of craftsmen.
Apart from its utilitarian aspects, the Mantra of Kokûzô also has a spiritual effect. It is recited to develop wisdom. Kukai, founder of Shingon Buddhism, did several times his particular asceticism, "the Goumanji" ritual of 100 days consisting of repeating the mantra a million times in isolation. At the end of the 10th century, it is said that the star of dawn, symbolized by the bodhisattva, descended to blend into him, bringing him enlightenment.
Last on the list of the Thirteen Buddhas of the Shingon current, Ākāśagarbha also closes the cycle of funeral rituals by presiding over the last commemorative ceremony 32 years after the death.
Ākāśagarbha 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 one day Kokûzô appear before him and then change into an old monk who gave him a pearl of wisdom.
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