Manjushri is most often depicted as a male Bodhisattva wielding a flaming sword in his right hand. The sword represents the realisation of transcendent...
Manjushri is the oldest, best known and most significant Bodhisattva in the Mahayana Buddhist pantheon and was first referred to in early Mahayana sutras such as the Prajnaparamita (Perfection Of Wisdom) Sutras.
Manjushri in the Chinese tradition
Within Vajrayana Buddhism, Manjushri is a meditational deity and considered a fully enlightened Buddha. In Shingon Buddhism, he is one of the Thirteen Buddhas to whom disciples devote themselves.
He figures extensively in many esoteric texts such as the Manjusri-mula-kalpa and the Manjusrinamasamgiti. Through his early association with the Prajnaparamita Sutras, he came to symbolise the embodiment of prajna (transcendent wisdom).
Manjushri is most often depicted as a male Bodhisattva wielding a flaming sword in his right hand. The sword represents the realisation of transcendent wisdom which cuts down ignorance and duality which binds sentient beings to a cycle of suffering and unhappiness.
Who wields the sword of wisdom hewing down suffering wherever its sprouts appear, clearing away the darkness of all ignorance.Praise to Manjushri (Gangloma)
In Chinese and Japanese Buddhist traditions, Manjushri’s sword is occasionally replaced with a ruyi scepter, especially in representations of his Vimalakirti Sutra discussion with the layman Vimalakirti. This is significant because in this form or aspect, Manjushri is playing the part of an arhat or a liberated person (one who has attained Nirvana) and is not wielding a wisdom sword to help others transcend or win over ignorance.
A ruyi scepter serves as a ceremonial scepter in Chinese Buddhism or a talisman symbolising power and good fortune in Chinese folklore. A traditional ruyi has a long S-shaped handle and a head fashioned like a fist, cloud, or lingzhi mushroom.
Up Close and Personal
Dorje Shugden is an emanation or aspect of Wisdom Buddha Manjushri. Just like Bodhisattva Manjushri, Dorje Shugden too wields a flaming sword in his right hand but his sword is curved.
Dorje Shugden in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia
In contrast to a straight sword, a wavy sword is reminiscent of the South East Asian keris dagger and greatly increases the severity of wounds inflicted.
The keris is also effective in up-close martial arts. Indeed in the past, they were carried by warriors as a secondary armament in case they lost their main weapon, which was usually a spear and used for fighting at a distance.
Hence, the significance of Dorje Shugden’s sword is not only that it is the same Manjushri sword of discriminating wisdom, but it does its job “better”. It also indicates that Dorje Shugden stands by very close to us to do his work.
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Where can I receive the sogtae of Dorje Shugden?
In the article who received sogtae need to perform kangso once a month, for those unable to do it can request monastery to perform on their behalf, how about sponsoring the kangso puja which monastery perform it every month? Or must need to request monastery to perform a puja specially done for me? Thank you so much for reading my questions.
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Answer from Pastors
Dear Malna Cannon,
Thank you for your question. The best way to remove curses caused by black magic and to get protection against evil is to engage in the practice of Trakze, which is the most wrathful form of Dorje Shugden. The practice of Trakze is very well known to combat black magic and grant extremely powerful protection.
This practice should be engaged in daily if you require protection against all forms of evil and curses. It is a practice that you can engage in safely as invokes the energies and blessings of Dorje Shugden, who is by nature a Buddha, and Buddhas can never harm any living being, only help them. The practice does not require any form of initiation, so anyone can do the practice.
If you believe you are under the influence of a curse or black magic, you should engage in the practice every day, and accumulate as many mantras as possible, until the symptoms of the curse start to reduce. Even then, you should not stop the practice but continue until all traces of the curse or negativity in your life are completely gone. At the beginning of the practice, there is a short explanation about karma, which is a must to understand how Trakze helps to protect us. I hope this helps.