The Origins of Om Manipadme Hum: A Study of the Karandavyuha Sutra

The Origins of Om Manipadme Hum: A Study of the Karandavyuha Sutra

Alexander Studholme


Sets out a heritage of the well-known Buddhist mantra, Om Manipadme Hum, and provides new insights on its meaning.

Om Manipadme Hum, might be the main famous of all Buddhist mantras, lies on the center of the Tibetan procedure and is adored by means of either layman and lama alike. This e-book files the origins of the chant, and provides a brand new interpretation of the that 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 task of Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva whose energy the chant invokes, and the legendary story of the quest for and discovery of the chant. via a close research of this sutra, Studholme explores the old and doctrinal forces at 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 by way of 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 entering touch with Buddhist tantric practitioners, themselves encouraged by means of Saivite practitioners.

“This compact quantity … can be instantly obtainable, and of serious gain, to either Tibetologists and Tibetophiles alike.” — magazine of the foreign organization of Tibetan Studies

“This publication presents a great instance of the phenomenon of non secular integration, and obviously exhibits how Buddhism controlled to combine principles and practices from one other religious 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 fantastic insights into the syncretic development of early tantric Mahayana Buddhist fabrics just like the Karandavyuha.” — John J. Makransky, writer of Buddhahood Embodied: resources of Controversy in India and Tibet

Alexander Studholme acquired a Ph.D. from the Centre for Buddhist stories, Bristol collage, England.

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