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Ksitigarbha

           The literal translation of the Bodhisattva's Sanskrit name is "Earth-Store". The name in one sense indicates that any undesirable or troublesome thoughts 'stored' or hidden deep in one's mind or heart may be uncovered and released with the help of Kishitigarbha's divine power - thereby freeing the person from their negative influence. A less literal translation, which more accurately communicates its complex significance to Western readers, could be to render it as "Earth-Treasure". In this freer sense his name expresses the many marvellous aspects of the earth and his mysterious connection with it: the earth is vast, it supports all living beings, it is impartial, it receives the life-giving rain, it produces trees and crops, it holds all planted seeds which will ultimately ripen and come to fruition, it holds many treasures, it produces medicines for suffering humanity, it is not moved by storms. And the earth too, is in its own way a sentient being. 

           The Kshitigarbha bodhisattva has a deep relationship with beings of the earth – humans, and especially with the hungry ghosts and hell beings. Because these are the most difficult to raise into a more fortunate condition due to their previous unwholesome actions, and because of his past vow to save them all, Kishitigarbha has been known as the Teacher of the Dark Regions. "If I do not go to hell to help them, who else will go?" is the famous declaration popularly attributed to Kshitigarbha. No matter what the crime or the karma, he is willing to have a connection with any being, and to help free them from suffering.

           The Sutra is fundamentally a teaching concerning karma, graphically describing the consequences one creates by committing undesirable actions. This is especially for the benefit of future beings in the Dharma-Ending Age in order to help these beings avoid making the mistakes that will cause them to be reborn in a low condition. With this motivation, the sutra is a discourse given by the Buddha in praise of the Bodhisattva Kishitigarbha and his heroic Vow, and of the benefits one can receive from worshipping Kishitigarbha and by reading the sutra. 

           Presented in the form of a dialogue between the Buddha and Kshitigarbha, the teaching takes place in a certain heaven called Trayastrimsa, where the Buddha went so that he might repay the kindness of his mother who dwelt there by speaking the Dharma on her behalf. Hence, the sutra also deals with filial responsibility - not only that between oneself and one's parents, but also in an ultimate sense of a universal code of duty or responsibility for all living beings, all of whom a Bodhisattva regards with the same kindness, consideration and respect that one should accord to one's own parents.           

           Throughout the sutra Buddha is concerned for the future beings of the Dharma-Ending Age, and trusts that through Kshitigarbha's divine power, the Bodhisattva will be able to help these beings attain liberation even during this difficult Age - which is the reason his sutra is to be revealed at this time. The Buddha ends his discourse by praising Kshitigarbha before the assembly, entrusting all future beings in the heavens and the worlds to him - proclaiming that any future person who reads the Sutra or who worships Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha will earn extraordinary merits, and ultimately, Buddhahood.


           The Practice of Ksitigarbha to Avert Danger and Purify Obstacles

           The Practice :

          It is good to recite daily the sutra prayer (after the mantra) praised by Buddha to Ksitigarbha and the prayer that I have added below.             I prostrate, go for refuge, make offerings, please grant blessing. The Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, who has unbearable compassion for me and all sentient beings whose minds are obscured and who are suffering, who has qualities like the sky and liberates sentient beings from all the sufferings and gives all the happiness. (x 3)

           With hands folded in prostration, visualize doing the prostrations to all the Buddhas and bodhisattvas; that becomes prostration when you say the word prostrate. When you say the word refuge, think that you are asking to be free from the two obscurations (to be able to achieve enlightenment). When you say the word offering, you think that all the offerings that you have are then offered. When you ask for blessings, you think in your mind that the whole path to enlightenment is the blessing to be received.            This is the mantra that Ksitigarbha heard from Buddhas equaling the number of sand grains of the river Ganga. He made offerings to them and then received this mantra. This mantra is to be used for any difficulties, problems; it is the best one to do for any problems in any situation. Even reciting four or five times, just a few times, it is very powerful. It is powerful to recite or just to think of the name of the bodhisattva. It is very, very powerful.

           tsimbo tsimbo / dze tsimbo / aga ga tsimbo / bagara tsimbo / om ah bara tsimbo / bara tsimbo / badzira tsimbo / aroga tsimbo / dehama tsimbo / tsatewa tsimbo / sadenewa tsimbo / bewaroga sharwa tsimbo / owashama tsimbo / nyana tsimbo /  bagasama moni ran-nga tsimbo / chana tsimbo / begimaba ria tsimbo / shashe dala maba tsimbo / bea dahso / dama haley / dombay abbey / satasey / satabasaley / geley / gela garaba / bara baretey / hasaley / barebey / paresata bendaney / benra / tsatsa tsatsa / heleneley / agata / take takelo / tare tare /  nelematey / nemtey gulemela / om gutsibatey / arregerey / gutashamaley / dunga dunga dungurey / huru huru huru / gunodumeley / marito / naretey / mendata / harakam rem / huru huru //

           Alternative mantra, which Rinpoche advised to do in preference to the above one:

           tayata muni  mo re  / muni  gha  bhe / muni  ki  li  dha  ye / muni  rogi  ba  tza  le / muni  hali  de / muni  gha  me  shu  bha  khye / mirla  bhag / khe  bhaa  la  la  bhag  khye / so  ri  kirta / tor  na  kir  tsa  le / bha  tag  sha  kir  te / ku  ku  la  mir  le / ava  khya  sa  re / er  ha  ki  li  bha / muni  bhaa  thaba  soha

           Short Mantra

om ah kshiti garbha thlim hum (Sanskrit)

om ah khyiti garbha thaleng hung (Tibetan transliteration)

Praise by Buddha to Kshitigarbha

           You have generated stability of thought and pure thought  (altruism / bodhicitta) and eliminated the sufferings of immeasurable sentient beings. I see (sentient beings) receiving happiness like the wish granting jewel, and like the vajra you cut the nets of the doubt (of others). You offer the Destroyer, Qualified-Gone-Beyond-Ones holy offerings with great compassionate thought and perseverance. You liberate the sentient beings from the sufferings with oceans of wisdom. Because you have no fear (delusions), you have gone beyond samsara.

           This is especially beneficial for those who have heavy problems, serious health problems, big projects or financial difficulties.  I will suggest it is extremely powerful to recite every day at least four or five times or more, depending on how crucial it is also, for protection.  Even to grow crops well and to protect land and crops.

           It explains in the sutra the extensive benefits and qualities, like the sky, of the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, like skies of benefit to all beings. There have been experiences, similar benefits received by those who practice Ksitigarbha. 

           This practice was translated, compiled and checked by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

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jaimy 04/02/2015 15:54:36
Good day
Is the short mantra-om ah kistigarbha thaleng(thlim) hum.the heart mantra of kistigarbha?
And can you please explain what does the short mantra means?especially the word
Thaleng(thlim).
Thank you very much
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