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ǎn ma ní bā mī hōng
    an3 ma5 ni2 ba1 mi1 hong1
an ma ni pa mi hung
Om Mani Padme Hum (Sanskrit), or Om Mani Peme Hung (Tibetan), the Avalokiteshvara mantra

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variant of 咒[zhou4]
(1) spell; curse; (2) (Buddhist term) dharani; mantra; (archaism) spell; curse
(Skt. mantra); (Skt. mantra)

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incantation; magic spell; curse; malediction; to revile; to put a curse on sb
(1) spell; curse; (2) (Buddhist term) dharani; mantra
dhāraṇī 陀羅尼; mantra; an incantation, spell, oath, curse; also a vow with penalties for failure. Mystical, or magical, formulae employed in Yoga. In Lamaism they consist of sets of Tibetan words connected with Sanskrit syllables. In a wider sense dhāraṇī is a treatise with mystical meaning, or explaining it; a mystical invocation

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abbr. for 梵教[Fan4 jiao4] Brahmanism; abbr. for Sanskrit 梵語|梵语[Fan4 yu3] or 梵文[Fan4 wen2]; abbr. for 梵蒂岡|梵蒂冈[Fan4 di4 gang1], the Vatican
(1) Brahman; Brahma; ultimate reality of the universe (in Hinduism); (2) Brahma; Hindu creator god; (3) (abbreviation) (See 梵語) Sanskrit; (given name) Bon
Brahman (from roots bṛh, vṛh, connected with bṛṃh, "religious devotion," "prayer," "a sacred text," or mantra, "the mystic syllable om"; "sacred learning," "the religious life," "the Supreme Being regarded as impersonal," "the Absolute," "the priestly or sacerdotal class," etc. M.W. Translit; brahman

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to bid farewell; tricks of the trade; pithy mnemonic formula (e.g. Mao Zedong's 16-character mantra 十六字訣|十六字诀 on guerrilla warfare)
(male given name) Satoshi
to branch off


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zhòu xīn
    zhou4 xin1
chou hsin
The heart of a spell, or vow; kernel of a mantra


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zōng pài
    zong1 pai4
tsung p`ai
    tsung pai
 shuuha / shuha
(1) sect; denomination; (2) school (e.g. of poetry)
Sects (of Buddhism). In India, according to Chinese accounts, the two schools of Hīnayāna became divided into twentysects. Mahāyāna had two main schools, the Mādhyamika, ascribed to Nāgārjunaand Āryadeva about the second century A. D., and the Yogācārya, ascribed toAsaṅga and Vasubandhu in the fourth century A. D. In China thirteen sectswere founded: (1) 倶舍宗 Abhidharma or Kośa sect, representing Hīnayāna,based upon the Abhidharma-kosa-śāstra or 倶舍論. (2) 成實宗 Satyasiddhi sect, based on the 成實論 Satyasiddhi-śāstra,tr. by Kumārajīva; no sect corresponds to it in India; in China and Japan itbecame incorporated in the 三論宗. (3) 律宗 Vinaya or Discipline sect, basedon 十誦律, 四分律, 僧祗律, etc. (4) 三論宗 The three śāstra sect, based on theMādhyamika-śāstra 中觀論 of Nāgārjuna, theSata-śāstra 百論 of Āryadeva, and theDvādasa-nikāya-śāstra 十二門論 of Nāgārjuna; this schooldates back to the translation of the three śāstras by Kumārajīva in A. D. 409. (5) 涅槃宗 Nirvāṇasect, based upon the Mahāparinirvāṇa-sūtra 涅槃經 tr. byDharmaraksa in 423; later incorporated in Tiantai, with which it had much incommon. (6) 地論宗 Daśabhūmikā sect, based on Vasubandhu's work on the tenstages of the bodhisattva's path to Buddhahood, tr. by Bodhiruci 508,absorbed by the Avataṃsaka school, infra. (7) 淨土宗 Pure-land or Sukhāvatīsect, founded in China by Bodhiruci; its doctrine was salvation throughfaith in Amitābha into the Western Paradise. (8) 禪宗 dhyāna, meditative or intuitional sect, attributed toBodhidharma about A. D. 527, but it existed before he came to China. (9) 攝論宗, based upon the 攝大乘論 Mahāyāna-saṃparigraha-śāstra byAsaṅga, tr. by Paramārtha in 563, subsequently absorbed by the Avataṃsakasect. (10) 天台宗 Tiantai, based on the 法華經 SaddharmapuṇḍarīkaSūtra, or the Lotus of the Good Law; it is aconsummation of the Mādhyamika tradition. (11) 華嚴宗 Avataṃsaka sect, basedon the Buddhāvataṃsaka-sūtra, or Gandha-vyūha 華嚴經 tr. in 418. (12) 法相宗 Dharmalakṣaṇa sect, established after thereturn of Xuanzang from India and his trans. of the important Yogācāryaworks. (13) 眞言宗 Mantra sect, A. D. 716. In Japan twelve sects are named:Sanron, Hossō, Kegon, Kusha, Jōjitsu, Ritsu, Tendai, Shingon; these areknown as the ancient sects, the two last being styled mediaeval; therefollow the Zen and Jōdo; the remaining two are Shin and Nichiren; at presentthere are the Hossō, Kegon, Tendai, Shingon, Zen, Jōdo, Shin, and Nichirensects.


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mì zōng
    mi4 zong1
mi tsung
The esoteric, mantra, Shingon, or 'True word' sect, especially prevalent in Japan, where its two chief texts are 毘盧遮那成佛經 and 金剛頂經 founded by Kōbō Daishi, it developed the two maṇḍalas of the Garbhadhātu and Vajradhātu, q.v; Esoteric Buddhism



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mì jī
    mi4 ji1
mi chi
The motive power, or fundamental element, in the esoteric; the opportunity of learning a mantra; person appropriate to receive the esoteric teaching



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mì hào
    mi4 hao4
mi hao
The esoteric name of Vairocana; also any 'true word' (Shingon) or esoteric spell; mantra or dhāraṇī


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míng zhòu
    ming2 zhou4
ming chou
 myouju / myoju
(obscure) {Buddh} mantra


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zhēn yán
    zhen1 yan2
chen yen
(out-dated kanji) (1) (Buddhist term) mantra; (2) (abbreviation) Shingon sect (of Buddhism)
True words, words of Truth, the words of the Tathāgata, Buddha-truth. The term is used for mantra, and dhāraṇī, indicating magical formulae, spells, charms, esoteric words. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have each an esoteric sound represented by a Sanskrit letter, the primary Vairocana letter, the alpha of all sounds being 'a' 阿, which is also styled 眞言救世者 the True World that saves the world; true word


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zhēn yán
    zhen1 yan2
chen yen
true statement; incantation (translates Sanskrit: dharani 陀羅尼|陀罗尼)
(1) (Buddhist term) mantra; (2) (abbreviation) Shingon sect (of Buddhism); (female given name) Makoto



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mì zōng
    mi4 zong1
mi tsung
密教 The esoteric Mantra or Yogācāra sect, developed especially in眞言Shingon, with Vairocana 大日如來 as the chief object of worship, and the maṇḍalas of the Garbhadhātu and Vajra- dhātu; esoteric school


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shén zhòu
    shen2 zhou4
shen chou
(surname) Kamino
ṛddhi-mantra, or dhāraṇī; divine or magic incantations.



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sòng zhòu
    song4 zhou4
sung chou
 shō ju
recites a mantra; recites a mantra


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wǔ zì zhòu
    wu3 zi4 zhou4
wu tzu chou
 goji ju
five-syllable mantra; five-syllable mantra


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wǔ zì míng
    wu3 zi4 ming2
wu tzu ming
 goji myō
five-syllable mantra; five-syllable mantra



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kǒu tóu chán
    kou3 tou2 chan2
k`ou t`ou ch`an
    kou tou chan
 kōtō zen
Zen saying repeated as cant; (fig.) catchphrase; mantra; favorite expression; stock phrase
Mouth meditation, i.e. dependence on the leading of others, inability to enter into personal meditation; nominal Chan


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(1) spell; curse; (2) {Buddh} dharani; mantra


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dà bēi zhòu
    da4 bei1 zhou4
ta pei chou
 daihi ju
the Great Compassion Mantra
Another name of the 千手經 or 千手陀羅尼 containing a spell against lust; dhāraṇī of great compassion


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mì zhòu chéng
    mi4 zhou4 cheng2
mi chou ch`eng
    mi chou cheng
 mitsuju jō
secret mantra vehicle; secret mantra vehicle



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màn dá luó
    man4 da2 luo2
man ta lo
or 曼特羅 v. below and 滿怛羅 are also used for mantra, an incantation, spell, magical formula, or muttered sound; maṇḍala



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màn dá luó
    man4 da2 luo2
man ta lo
(Skt. mantra); (Skt. mantra)


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zhēn yán shèng
    zhen1 yan2 sheng4
chen yen sheng
 shingon jō
The True Word, or Mantra Vehicle, called also the supernatural vehicle, because of immediate attainment of the Buddha-land through tantric methods; the mantra vehicle


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zhēn yán zhì
    zhen1 yan2 zhi4
chen yen chih
 shingon chi
The mantra wisdom, which surpasses all other wisdom; mantra-wisdom



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tuó luó ní
    tuo2 luo2 ni2
t`o lo ni
    to lo ni
incantation (Sanskrit: dharani); religious chant (promoting virtue and obstructing evil)
dharani; spell; litany; Sanskrit multi-syllabic chant
(or 陀羅那); 陀鄰尼 dhāraṇī. Able to lay hold of the good so that it cannot be lost, and likewise of the evil so that it cannot arise. Magical formulas, or mystic forms of prayer, or spells of Tantric order, often in Sanskrit, found in China as early as the third century A.D.; they form a potion of the dhāraṇīpiṭaka; made popular chiefly through the Yogācārya 瑜伽 or 密教esoteric school. Four divisions are given, i.e. 法陀羅尼, 義陀羅尼, 咒陀羅尼 and 忍陀羅尼; the 咒, i.e. mantra or spell, is emphasized by the 眞言 Shingon sect. There are numerous treatises, e.g. 陀羅尼集經; 瑜伽師地論, attributed to Asaṅga, founder of the Buddhist Yoga school.


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{Buddh} (See 真言・1) mantra (san:)



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sān tuó luó ní
    san1 tuo2 luo2 ni2
san t`o lo ni
    san to lo ni
 san darani
The three dhāraṇī, which word from dhāra, " maintaining," "preserving," is defined as the power maintaining wisdom or knowledge. Dhāraṇī are "spells chiefly for personal use" (Eliot), as compared with mantra, which are associated with religious services. The Tiantai School interprets the "three dhāraṇī" of the Lotus Sutra on the lines of the三諦, i.e. 空, 假and中. Another group is聞持陀羅尼 the power to retain all the teaching one hears; 分別陀羅尼 unerring powers of discrimination; 入音聲陀羅尼 power to rise superior to external praise or blame.


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wǔ zì zhēn yán
    wu3 zi4 zhen1 yan2
wu tzu chen yen
 goji shingon
five syllable mantra; five syllable mantra


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guāng míng zhēn yán
    guang1 ming2 zhen1 yan2
kuang ming chen yen
 kōmyō shingon
A dhāraṇī by whose repetition the brightness or glory of Buddha may be obtained, and all retribution of sin be averted; mantra of light


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 koumyoushingon / komyoshingon
{Buddh} Mantra of Light


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liù zì zhēn yán
    liu4 zi4 zhen1 yan2
liu tzu chen yen
the six-syllable Sanskrit mantra of Avalokiteshvara bodhisattva (i.e. om mani padme hum)



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shí liù zì jué
    shi2 liu4 zi4 jue2
shih liu tzu chüeh
16-character formula, esp. Mao Zedong's mantra on guerrilla warfare: 敵進我退,敵駐我擾,敵疲我打,敵退我追|敌进我退,敌驻我扰,敌疲我打,敌退我追[di2 jin4 wo3 tui4 , di2 zhu4 wo3 rao3 , di2 pi2 wo3 da3 , di2 tui4 wo3 zhui1] when the enemy advances we retreat; when the enemy makes camp we harass; when the enemy is exhausted we fight; and when the enemy retreats we pursue



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zhòu wǔ shǒu jīng
    zhou4 wu3 shou3 jing1
chou wu shou ching
 Jugoshu kyō
Mantra of Five Heads Sūtra; Mantra of Five Heads Sūtra



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màn tú luó jiào
    man4 tu2 luo2 jiao4
man t`u lo chiao
    man tu lo chiao
 mandara kyō
maṇḍala doctrine, mantra teaching, magic, yoga, the True word or Shingon sect; maṇḍala teaching



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zhēn yán mì mì
    zhen1 yan2 mi4 mi4
chen yen mi mi
 Shingon himitsu
The mystic nature of the mantras and dhāraṇīs; the esoteric things of Shingon; mystery of the mantra


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liù zì dà míng zhòu
    liu4 zi4 da4 ming2 zhou4
liu tzu ta ming chou
 rokujidaimyouju / rokujidaimyoju
{Buddh} great six-syllable mantra ("om mani padme hum")
great six-syllable mantra; great six-syllable mantra



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jìng kǒu yè zhēn yán
    jing4 kou3 ye4 zhen1 yan2
ching k`ou yeh chen yen
    ching kou yeh chen yen
 jō kugō shingon
mantra for purification of speech; mantra for purification of speech


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jìng fǎ jiè zhēn yán
    jing4 fa3 jie4 zhen1 yan2
ching fa chieh chen yen
 jō hokkai shingon
mantra that purifies the dharma-realm; mantra that purifies the dharma-realm



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kāi fǎ zàng zhēn yán
    kai1 fa3 zang4 zhen1 yan2
k`ai fa tsang chen yen
    kai fa tsang chen yen
 kaihōzō shingon
sūtra-opening mantra; sūtra-opening mantra



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mì jī jīn gāng lì shì
    mi4 ji1 jin1 gang1 li4 shi4
mi chi chin kang li shih
 Misshaku kongō rikishi
Vajrapāṇi, guardian of buddhas, driving away all yakṣa disturbers, a form of Indra; his dhāraṇīs have been twice translated into Chinese, v. B.N. The 密奢兜 esoteric 'Cintya' is a mantra said to have been used by all the seven buddhas down to and including Śākyamuni.


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liù zì dà míng wáng zhēn yán
    liu4 zi4 da4 ming2 wang2 zhen1 yan2
liu tzu ta ming wang chen yen
 roku ji dai myōō shingon
six-syllable mantra of the great luminous king; six-syllable mantra of the great luminous king



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shí yī miàn shén zhòu xīn jīng
    shi2 yi1 mian4 shen2 zhou4 xin1 jing1
shih i mien shen chou hsin ching
 Jūichimen jinju shin kyō
Sūtra of the Spiritual Mantra of the Eleven-Faced [Avalokitêśvara]; Sūtra of the Spiritual Mantra of the Eleven-Faced [Avalokitêśvara]



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dà hù míng dà tuó luó ní jīng
    da4 hu4 ming2 da4 tuo2 luo2 ni2 jing1
ta hu ming ta t`o lo ni ching
    ta hu ming ta to lo ni ching
 Daigo myō dai daranikyō
Dhāraṇī of the Great Mantra Protector; Dhāraṇī of the Great Mantra Protector



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bù kōng juàn suǒ shén biàn zhēn yán jīng
    bu4 kong1 juan4 suo3 shen2 bian4 zhen1 yan2 jing1
pu k`ung chüan so shen pien chen yen ching
    pu kung chüan so shen pien chen yen ching
 Fukū kenjaku shimpen shingon kyō
Infallible Lasso's Mantra and Supernatural Transformations: King of Ritual Manuals; Infallible Lasso's Mantra and Supernatural Transformations: King of Ritual Manuals


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(1) {Buddh} mantra; (2) (abbreviation) (See 真言宗) Shingon sect (of Buddhism)


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 sowaka; sobaka
    そわか; そばか
{Buddh} (marks the end of a mantra) svāhā; well said; so be it



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běi fāng pí shā mén tiān wáng suí jun hù fǎ zhēn yán
    bei3 fang1 pi2 sha1 men2 tian1 wang2 sui2 jun1 hu4 fa3 zhen1 yan2
pei fang p`i sha men t`ien wang sui chün hu fa chen yen
    pei fang pi sha men tien wang sui chün hu fa chen yen
 Hoppō Bishamontennō zuigun gohō shingon
Mantra for Protection of the Northern King Vaiśravāna, whom Armies Follow; Mantra for Protection of the Northern King Vaiśravāna, whom Armies Follow



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bù kōng juàn suǒ pí lú zhēn à fó dà guàn dǐng guāng zhēn yán
    bu4 kong1 juan4 suo3 pi2 lu2 zhen1 a4 fo2 da4 guan4 ding3 guang1 zhen1 yan2
pu k`ung chüan so p`i lu chen a fo ta kuan ting kuang chen yen
    pu kung chüan so pi lu chen a fo ta kuan ting kuang chen yen
 Fukū kenjaku Birushana butsu daikanjō kōshingon
Light Mantra of the Great Consecration of the Infallible Lasso Vairocana; Light Mantra of the Great Consecration of the Infallible Lasso Vairocana



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chū shēng yī qiè rú lái fǎ yǎn biàn zhào dà lì míng wáng jīng
    chu1 sheng1 yi1 qie4 ru2 lai2 fa3 yan3 bian4 zhao4 da4 li4 ming2 wang2 jing1
ch`u sheng i ch`ieh ju lai fa yen pien chao ta li ming wang ching
    chu sheng i chieh ju lai fa yen pien chao ta li ming wang ching
 Shusshō issai nyorai hōgen he
Sūtra of the Greatly Powerful Mantra King [The Universally Shining Dharma-Eye from which All Tathāgatas Arise; Sūtra of the Greatly Powerful Mantra King [The Universally Shining Dharma-Eye from which All Tathāgatas Arise

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