Back | Home
Description Of Form
Kokûzô Bodhisattva appears with a wish-granting gem (Cintâmani
or Nyoihôshu), by means of which he bestows worldly blessings
on all beings. This jewel represents joy and virtue. In his right
hand he carries a sharp sword which represents wisdom.
Purpose and Vow
Kôbô Daishi was able to encounter Esoteric Buddhism in his youth
by praying to Kokûzô Bodhisattva, reciting his mantra a million
times, and practicing the physical and mental discipline of the
Kokûzô Gumonji method, the Kokûzô ritual that he learned from
his master Gonzô. This was the reason that he practiced this method
on Mt. Tairyu in Awa province and at Cape Muroto in Tosa province,
and decided to leave home to become a monk.
Since Kokûzô is the great wisdom of the Buddha that exists throughout
the entire universe, he has the virtue of enabling those who chant
his mantra, form his mudras, discipline themselves to a strict
regimen, and practice this Gumonji method to obtain the wisdom
of the Buddha and become enlightened. Kôbô Daishi embodied the
wisdom of Kokûzô Bodhisattva into himself, and became the Bodhisattva
of the Three Realms.
In addition to wisdom, Kokûzô Bodhisattva grants good fortune.
Nôbô akyasha kyarabaya on arikya mari bori sowaka (Jpn)
Namo Âkâsagarbhaya om ârya kamari mauli svâhâ (Skt)
Homage to the great Space-bearer who holds a flower and
wears a garland and a jeweled crown svâhâ
Back | Home
©1998 Shingon Buddhist International Institute
Deity line-art © Dashin Art, Inc. Used with Permission