By Alexander Studholme
Sets out a historical past of the recognized Buddhist mantra, Om Manipadme Hum, and provides new insights on its meaning.
Om Manipadme Hum, probably the main recognized of all Buddhist mantras, lies on the middle of the Tibetan method and is adored through either layman and lama alike. This publication files the origins of the chant, and provides a brand new interpretation of the which means of Om Manipadme Hum, and encompasses a unique, annotated summary of the Karandavyuha Sutra, commencing up this significant Mahayana Buddhist paintings to a much wider audience.
The Karandavyuha— the earliest textual resource for Om Manipadme Hum—which describes either the compassionate job of Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva whose energy the chant invokes, and the legendary story of the quest for and discovery of the chant. via an in depth research of this sutra, Studholme explores the old and doctrinal forces in the back of the looks of Om Manipadme Hum in India at round the center of the 1st millennium C.E. He argues that the Karandavyuha has shut affinities to non-Buddhist puranic literature, and that the belief of Avalokitesvara and his six-syllable mantra is proficient via the perception of the Hindu deity Siva and his five-syllable mantra Namah Sivaya. The sutra displays an old scenario within which the Buddhist monastic institution used to be getting into touch with Buddhist tantric practitioners, themselves inspired by means of Saivite practitioners.
“This compact quantity … could be instantly available, and of significant gain, to either Tibetologists and Tibetophiles alike.” — magazine of the overseas organization of Tibetan Studies
“This booklet presents an excellent instance of the phenomenon of non secular integration, and obviously indicates how Buddhism controlled to combine principles and practices from one other non secular tradition.” — Francis Brassard, writer of the concept that of Bodhicitta in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara
“It used to be attention-grabbing to learn the author's superb insights into the syncretic development of early tantric Mahayana Buddhist fabrics just like the Karandavyuha.” — John J. Makransky, writer of Buddhahood Embodied: assets of Controversy in India and Tibet
Alexander Studholme acquired a Ph.D. from the Centre for Buddhist stories, Bristol college, England.