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    Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

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    Jizo Bodhisattva is a beloved figure in Japanese Buddhism, and statues of him can often be seen along roads to protect travelers, in temple grounds and cemeteries. He is a figure of Compassion, much as Kannon, who travels anywhere from heaven to hell to help those in need ... especially those who find themselves in a hell of their own making by Greed, Anger and Ignorance.

    Jizo has become known over the centuries as a protector of children and women, including expectant mothers. Most of all, he is the protector of deceased children, including stillborn, miscarried or aborted infants. He is thought to protect them in the 'other world', nursing and soothing them, guiding them back for another chance to be born in this world when the time is right. For that reason, he is often seen by the hundreds in cemeteries dressed in children's clothes and a bib, surrounded by toys and dolls.



    The Jizo at the top is one who remains standing amid mud and rubble despite the recent earthquakes and Tsunami in northern Japan. So many children where lost in that tragedy.


    In my heart, I hope that Jizo is with them somehow...


    Today’s Sit-A-Long video follows at this link. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 15 to 35 minutes is recommended.

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

    I love Jizo and his little red hat!

    Gassho,
    John

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    A lovely talk about one of my favourite Bodhisattvas. Thank you Jundo.

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

    I was waiting for Jizo Bosatsu, and especial favorite of mine. A large granite staue of Jizo Bosatsu is set up in my garden and is my gentle childlike monk guide along the path.

    Gassho,

    Seishin Kyrill

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

    Thank you Jundo.

    Quote Originally Posted by Onshin
    A lovely talk about one of my favourite Bodhisattvas.
    And now one of mine.

    Gassho,
    Dosho

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

    falling freely
    tears and rain
    on the garden Jizo

    The stone image of Jizo
    kissed on the mouth
    by a slug
    (from Senry?)

    Thank you, Jundo.
    Gassho,

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

    Very moving talk. Thank you Jundo.

    Now Jizo is my favorite bodhisattva too

    Gassho

    Rimon

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

    K?itigarbha even has his own s?tra, the s?tra of the great vows of K?itigarbha.

    You can read it online here, http://www.cttbusa.org/ess/earthstore2.htm.



    (By the way, I can't get over what someone said on another forum, about his name really sounding like "shitty garbha" when you pronounce it. Better to stay with Jizo instead )

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    Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

    Jundo (or someone else who can speak Japanese):

    Can the kanji for Jizo be translated to "earth matrix", "earth store", or something like it, like the original Sanskrit name?

    Just curious.

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

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    Jundo (or someone else who can speak Japanese):

    Can the kanji for Jizo be translated to "earth matrix", "earth store", or something like it, like the original Sanskrit name?

    Just curious.
    ?? is "earth treasury" or "earth storehouse". Also "earth womb"

    http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/jizo1.shtml

    Gassho, J

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

    Jundo,

    Sitting with you again after a long absence. I hope to be visiting more in the future, so glad to see that you and many others are still at it.

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

    Jundo-oso;

    Thank you; bell or no-bell; I particularly enjoyed the photo gallery. It brought a lot of precious memories;

    http://www.onmarkproductions.com/htm...oto-tour.shtml

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo
    Quote Originally Posted by anista
    Jundo (or someone else who can speak Japanese):

    Can the kanji for Jizo be translated to "earth matrix", "earth store", or something like it, like the original Sanskrit name?

    Just curious.
    ?? is "earth treasury" or "earth storehouse". Also "earth womb"

    http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/jizo1.shtml

    Gassho, J
    Great, thanks!

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

    Thank you for this, especially when you talked about Jizo being the protector of children.

    Thanks,
    Jodi

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

    Thank you Jundo,
    nice and cute guy, this Jizo
    _()_
    Peter

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

    I had emailed Jundo about the status of Bodhisattvas in the West (particularly the US), because the idea of them and especially the physical icons was strange to me. One of my questions was how this all translates overseas, since so much of this in Japan seems to be steeped in the ancient animist folk relgions mixed with Buddhist teachings.

    I came across this book on Amazon, and the preview (click the picture of the book) will actually let you read the first few pages. They discuss the fact that there aren't really any of these "Jizo gardens" in the US, save for the first of its kind in Oregon.

    http://www.amazon.com/Jizo-Bodhisattva- ... sim_hg_1#_

    Thought this might interest others. Now that I have two small children, I've been thinking more about how to incorporate elements of Buddhism in their lives, and Jizo seems like such a great "security blanket" figure.

    Gassho,
    Matt

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

    I enjoyed the "field trip"; thank you, Jundo.

    gassho,
    Shujin

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)

    Thanks Jundo.

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    Thank you

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