Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hidden Meaning Of Manjushrinamasamgiti (妙吉祥真实名经)

Arya Manjushrinamasamgiti is an important classic work of Anuttara Tantra (无上密) as it not only describes the practice of tathagatagarbha (如来藏), it also touches on to the practice of Manjushri (妙吉祥). From Manjushrinamasamgiti an alternative to Vajrasattva Illusion Net (大幻化网) can be established.


Having said so, it is quite difficult to understand the content of Manjushrinamasamgiti and there are many ways to interpret this work. According to the opinion of Candragomin (月官) Manjushrinamasamgiti refers to the practice of Manjushri and Yamantaka only.


The common interpretation of Manjushrinamasamgiti refers to the generation stage of illusion net (大幻化网), the vajra sphere (金刚界), awareness of reality of Dharmadatu (法界体性智), great rounded wisdom  (大圆镜智), wisdom of great observation (妙观察), wisdom of equality (平等性智) and wisdom of accomplishment (成所作智).


Basically, there are two important views in Manjushrinamasamgiti:


·         The view of various Buddhist schools verses the view of external paths (外道)

·         The 2 stages of Yamantaka Tantra:

o   The generation stage: the generation of 49 peaceful wisdom deities, the generation of 49 wrathful deities and finally the Yamantaka with consort.

o   The completion stage: visualization of nadis and chakras together with the practice of tummo.


Many people know the 100 peaceful and wrathful deities of Vajrasattva but ignorant of the 49 peaceful and wrathful deities of Manjushri. So, Manjushri’s Illusion Net is also equivalent to that of Vajrasattva Illusion Net. Since the practice of Vajrasattva is related to Great Perfection, the practice of Manjushri can also lead to Great Perfection.


I supposed anyone who understands the hidden meaning of Manjushrinamasamgiti; he/she also qualified to practice the pinnacle of Tibetan Buddhism! People who are contented with just reciting Manjushrinamasamgiti alone blindly would only be threading water for all eternity.


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