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Cintāmaṇi (Sanskrit; Devanagari: चिन्तामणि) also spelled as Chintamani (or the Chintamani Stone) is a wish-fulfilling jewel within both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, equivalent to the philosopher's stone (Paras Pathar) in Western alchemy. cintamani:
Magical or wish-fulfilling jewel which spontaneously provides its owner with whatever he wishes for including wealth, healing of illness, etc. It is also used as a symbolic image for the activities of buddhas and bodhisattvas or the Buddha-dharma and its marvelous powers.
See; SEVEN JEWELS.
cintamani: Magical or wish-fulfilling jewel which spontaneously provides its owner with whatever he wishes for including wealth, healing of illness, etc. It is also used as a symbolic image for the activities of buddhas and bodhisattvas or the Buddha-dharma and its marvelous powers.
See; seven jewels.
[[File:Goryeo-Kshitigarbha (Chijang)-late.14c.jpg|thumb|250px|14-th century Goryeo painting of Ksitigarbha holding a cintamani)] In Buddhism it is held by the bodhisattvas, Avalokiteshvara and Ksitigarbha.
By reciting the Dharani of Cintamani, Buddhist tradition maintains that one attains the Wisdom of Buddha, able to understand the truth of the Buddha, and turn afflictions into Bodhi. It is said to allow one to see the Holy Retinue of Amitabha and assembly upon one's deathbed.
The Yoga Vasistha, originally written in the 10th century AD, contains a story about the cintamani.
Nomenclature, orthography and etymology
- Cintāmaṇi (Sanskrit; Devanagari: चिन्तामणि): 'Wish-Fulfilling Gem' (Tibetan: ཡིད་བཞིན་ནོརྦུ, Wylie: yid bzhin norbu)
- The mani (jewel) is translated in Chinese ruyi or ruyizhu 如意珠 "as one wishes jewel" or ruyibaozhu 如意寶珠 "as one wishes precious jewel", and is pronounced in Japanese nyoi-hōju or nyoi-hōshu 如意宝珠.
In Buddhism the Chintamani is said to be one of four relics that came in a chest that fell from the sky (many terma fell from the sky in caskets) during the reign of king Lha Thothori Nyantsen of Tibet.
Several years later, two mysterious strangers appeared at the court of the king, explaining the four relics, which included the Buddha's bowl (possibly a Singing Bowl) and a mani stone with the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra inscribed on it.
- A maṇi-jewel; magical jewel, which manifests whatever one wishes for (Skt. maṇi, cintā-maṇi, cintāmaṇi-ratna). According to one's desires, treasures, clothing and food can be manifested, while sickness and suffering can be removed, water can be purified, etc. It is a metaphor for the teachings and virtues of the Buddha. …
In the former, the concept is used as seven mystical orbs known as Dragon Balls which when gathered together summon an Eternal Dragon capable of granting almost any wish, making them the target of several villains who desire eternal life or power over the universe.
In the latter, it is revealed that it is not in fact a jewel but amber, fossilized resin from the Tree of Life which grants nigh invulnerability to those who use it, but at a terrible price, it turns the users into brutish, blue, simple-minded savages after long term exposure.