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Shojari

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Shojari
[尚闍梨] ( Jpn)

    The ascetic Shojari (Shojari-sennin).The name of Shakyamuni in a past existence, when he was an ascetic practicing the paramita of meditation.Nagarjuna's Treatise on the Great Perfection of Wisdom describes Shojari as an ascetic engaged in meditation and in whose hair a bird happened to build a nest and lay several eggs.One day he gained a great insight, but, aware of the eggs on his head, he did not move until they had hatched and the baby birds flew away.Some scholars regard his Sanskrit name as Shankhacharya, but this is uncertain.

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