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Akasagarbha statue in Jingoji, 9th cen.




Ākāśagarbha Bodhisattva (Tibetan: Namkhai Nyingpo (Wylie: Nam-mkha’i sNying-po), Chinese: 虛空藏菩薩; pinyin: Xū kōng zàng pú sà, Korean: 허공장보살, Japanese: Kokūzō Bosatsu) is one of the eight great bodhisattvas.

His name can be translated as "boundless space treasury" or "void store" as his Wisdom is said to be boundless as space itself.

He is sometimes known as the twin brother of the "earth store" Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, and is even briefly mentioned in the Sutra of The Great Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva.

Kūkai (Kōbō-Daishi), the founder of Shingon Buddhism, is said to have repeatedly chanted a Mantra of Ākāśagarbha as a young Buddhist acolyte.

As he chanted the Mantra, he experienced a vision whereby Ākāśagarbha told him to go to China to seek understanding of the Mahavairocana Sutra.


Mantra

Kokuzo, the Bodhisattva of the Sky Matrix, of the Gumonji Ritual, 13th century.

The Mantra of Ākāśagarbha is popularly used by Shingon Buddhists, Chinese Esoteric Buddhists, and artists. It is believed to give rise to Wisdom and creativity, and dispel Ignorance.



A different Mantra is used for both Japanese and Sanskrit:



Tantric rituals surrounding him are only given to students initiated in esoteric Buddhist lineages by an approved teacher. Currently the Chinese (Hanmi) Esoteric School is teaching his tantric ritual to the general public.

AKASAGARBHA is the Guardian Buddha of people born under the sign of the OX and TIGER.


Akasagarbha Buddha is also known as the ‘Boundless Space TreasuryBuddha. He is sometimes considered as twin brother of Ksitigarbha Buddha. He is a Buddha who bestows Wisdom through Enlightenment.

The Mantra of Akasagarbha is OM VAJRA RATNA TRAH SOHA.

Source

Wikipedia:Akasagarbha







Akashagarbha (Skt. Ākāśagarbha; Tib. ནམ་མཁའི་སྙིང་པོ་, Namkhé Nyingpo; Wyl. nam mkha'i snying po) — one of the eight great bodhisattvas. He is often depicted as yellow in colour and holding a sword to cut through the destructive emotions.


See Also

Further Reading

  • Jamgön Mipham, A Garland of Jewels, (trans. by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso), Woodstock: KTD Publications, 2008

Source

RigpaWiki:Akashagarbha, Bodhisattva