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Friday, November 30, 2012
The Cult Of Fudo-myo (不動明王)
Fudo-myo, the wrathful aspect of Virocana.
My pal is a
Fudo-myo (不動明王) fan; he has
set up his modus operand according to the Fudy-myo model but replace the Kulika
sword with Dewa Yakong sword. So his idea was or perhaps still is: Fudo-myo as
his guardian spirit to control the Dewa Yakong. This guy is not joking: he has
a few 3 feet standing Fudo-myo statues, not to mention hundreds of big and
small statues in his house and shop. I call this guy and his Dewa Yakong practice: "Mr. Fuu-yoo-o & Yakong sword". Perhaps we can treat it as the New Age Fudo-myo cult.
asked him why is he keeping so many Fudo-myo statues and his answer was loud
and clear: “Fudo-myo has saved my life from Yakong!” Though his answer was
still echoing in my ears, he started to sell his Fudo-myo statue to me. I told
him: “You can’t be right, this guy just saved your life and you wanna sell
him!?” I never got any straight answer from this guy in return. But seriously folks, would you trust a person that is selling his savior?
us leave Mr. Fuu-yoo-o and his Yakong sword behind and look into the belief of
Fudo-myo cult proper
Fudo-myo literally means “the immovable wisdom king” and is one
of fierce guardian deity of Japanese Vajrayana. He is known as “Acala” in Sanskrit.
In Japan, Acala became an idol of worship in its own right, and became
installed as the gohonzon (本尊) or main deity at temples and outdoor shrines.
Buddhist temples dedicated to Ācala, priests perform the Fudo-hō (不動法), or ritual service to enlist the
deity's power of purification to benefit the faithful. This rite routinely
involves the use of the ritual burning ceremony (護摩) as a purification tool.
Monks in Yamabushi
(山伏) gear who go into rigorous training
outdoors in the mountains also often pray to small Ācala statue or talisman
they carry or to Fudo-myo statues that are often placed near waterfalls (a
common training ground) and deep in the mountains and in caves.
Do you know
that the first mudra in the famous Kuji-kiri: “Rin” belongs to the root mudra
This is the
mantra of Fudo-san (Fudo-myo):
bazaradan senda makaroshada sowataya un tarata kanman.
canda mahârosana sphotaya hûm trat hâm mâm
Homage to the all-pervading
Vajras! O Violent One of great wrath! Destroy! hûm trat hâm mâm
Some of the
material related to Yamabushi training: