Dainichi Sutra

. Dainichi Nyorai Legends .

Dainichi Sutra 大日経 Dainichi Kyo - - - Mahavairocana Sutra

. Dainichi Nyorai 大日如来 .

The most important deity of Esoteric Buddhism. He is in the center of the Kegon Sutra and the Mandala of Both Worlds. - - - Great Sun, Dai Nichi.

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. Fudō Myō-ō, Fudoo Myoo-Oo 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O
Acala Vidyârâja - Vidyaraja .

Descriptions of Fudo's physical appearance derive from such scriptural source as the Mahavairocana Tantra (Dainichikyō (『大日経』)) and its annotation.


sanriki no ge 三力の偈 the three "powers", phrases

①及以法界力 - kyuu-i hookai riki

②如来加持力 - nyorai kaji riki

③以我功徳力 - iga toku riki

普供養而住 - fu kuyoo nijuu

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The Teachings of the Mahavairocana Sutra

Shingon Buddhism takes the seven chapters of the Mahavairocana Sutra (Dainichi-kyo) as the basic sutra for propagation, and has spread the belief in it to people. Its fundamental doctrine is explained in the "Chapter on the Stages of the Mind" in the first chapter. At the beginning of that chapter, it says,

"How do we become enlightened?
It is by knowing our own mind as it truly is."

Human beings have the complete virtues of the Buddha in their own minds, and this mind that bears the virtues of the Buddha is called the mind that aspires to realize enlightenment. This is the first thing that must be understood.

The doctrines of Shingon Buddhism and the teachings of Kobo Daishi can be said to begin and end with the aspiration for the realization of enlightenment. The Mahavairocana Sutra is a sutra that explains the virtues of Mahavairocana Buddha, who is the source of life, and those virtues of the Buddha are expressed in the Sanskrit letter "A" (), which is pronounced "Ah". This letter A is the mind that aspires to be enlightened, and knowing one's own mind is to know one's own aspiration for the realization of enlightenment.

Kobo Daishi also said,

"The letter A is the mind that aspires to realize enlightenment."

The process by which one develops a single drop of the aspiration for the realization of enlightenment and becomes a buddha in this body is explained in the Mahavairocana Sutra in three phrases. The three phrases are as follows.

1. Make the aspiration for realizing enlightenment the cause;
2. Make great compassion the foundation of your actions;  - and
3. Perfect skillful means.

These phrases indicate the process for becoming a buddha in this body, and also clarify the content of that enlightenment.

First of all, raising the aspiration for the realization of enlightenment is the starting point for becoming a buddha.
it says that it is to be nurtured by taking action only through the Buddha's ample compassion. Safeguarded by that compassion, we can move toward our objectives in all things, and even the attainment of enlightenment is through the power of the Buddha's great compassion.
The third phrase
speaks of skillful means as the objective of perfection, and skillful means here refers to the skillful means for benefiting others.

These three phrases explain that we must thoroughly engage in the Bodhisattva practice of contributing to the welfare and benefit of the world until the end of our lives.

When we contemplate our own minds, bodies, and lives, we see that the doctrinal teachings of Shingon Buddhism from the beginning to the end explain the centrality of the aspiration for the realization of enlightenment and the unity of ourselves with the Buddha, and we come to understand the teaching of nonduality in which human beings are equal with and not distinct from the Buddha.

What the belief in "be kind to all life," means is that we know the dignity of our own lives, and can discover in our own existences the realization of enlightenment and the lifeforce of the Buddha.
- source : www.shingon.org/teachings


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The Mahāvairocana Tantra
(traditional Chinese: 大毘盧遮那成佛神變加持經; pinyin: Dà Pílúzhēnà Chéngfó Shénbiàn Jiāchí Jīng)
is an important Vajrayana Buddhist text. It is also known as the Mahāvairocana Abhisaṃbodhi Tantra, or more fully as the Mahāvairocana Abhisaṃbodhi Vikurvita Adhiṣṭhāna Tantra. In Tibet it is considered to be a member of the Carya class of tantras. In Japan where it is known as the Mahāvairocana Sūtra, it is one of two central texts in the Shingon school, along with the Vajrasekhara Sutra. Both are also part of the Tendai school.

Kūkai Kobo Daishi learned of the Mahāvairocana Tantra in 796, and travelled to China in 804 to receive instruction in it.

The Mahāvairocana Tantra consists of three primary mandalas corresponding to the body, speech and mind of Mahāvairocana, as well as preliminary practices and initiation rituals. According to Buddhaguhya’s Piṇḍārtha (a summary of the main points of the tantra) the Mahāvairocana Tantra system of practice is in three stages: preliminary, application, and accomplishment. Attached here and there are doctrinal passages, and sadhana practices which relate back to the main mandalas.

Chapter 2 of the sutra also contains four precepts, called the samaya, that form the basic precepts esoteric Buddhist practitioners must follow:

Not to abandon the true Dharma
Not to deviate from one's own enlightened mind
Not to be reserved in sharing with others the Buddhist teachings
Not to bring harm to any sentient beings

Shingon Lineage
The Mahavairocana Tantra does not trace its lineage to Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Instead it comes directly from Mahavairocana.
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