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Unicode mantras

Post by Lingpupa » Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:22 pm

I have a couple of essentially empty (in conventional truth) prayer wheels, and I want to prepare printed strips of mantras to fill them.

I have Microsoft Himalaya, Tibetan Machine Web and Tibetan Machine Uni fonts installed, so most things display ok.

My problem is text entry a) at all, and b) for complex things like mantras. I have in the past entered quite a lot, using the Tibetan Translation Tool to convert Wylie input to real Tibetan. But that is clumsy, and I frankly don't know how to enter complex, Sanskrit-derived stacks.

So does anyone know of a collection of basic mantras already entered in one of these systems that I could download and multiply with copy/paste to make the strips? I'm not looking for anything too unusual: the mani (actually I have that), Guru Rinpoche, Tara, Amitabha, probably Dorje Sempa?

I've been looking around the web but haven't stumbled on the right things yet, so I thought someone here might know.

TIA, as we say.
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Re: Unicode mantras

Post by Mantrik » Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:40 pm

Try :

http://www.visiblemantra.org/mantra.html

It has Siddham, Tibetan and Lantsa - for at least the first 3 of the ones you are after.

A spreadsheet is an easy way to copy and paste multiple mantras.
http://www.khyung.com

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Re: Unicode mantras

Post by Lingpupa » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:08 am

Mantrik wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:40 pm
Try :

http://www.visiblemantra.org/mantra.html

It has Siddham, Tibetan and Lantsa - for at least the first 3 of the ones you are after.

A spreadsheet is an easy way to copy and paste multiple mantras.
Thank you for that. I had seen that site, but hadn't spotted that there were unicode versions of some of the mantras. Unfortunately only for some - in most cases the Tibetan is only present as images, which is a possible way forward but far from ideal for technical reasons. So I'm still looking...

The copying, pasting and formatting is not a problem for me - I'm moderately computer-savvy. It's inputting the unicode that's a bit beyond me!

Thanks again
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Re: Unicode mantras

Post by ratna » Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:33 am

Lingpupa wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:22 pm

So does anyone know of a collection of basic mantras already entered in one of these systems that I could download and multiply with copy/paste to make the strips? I'm not looking for anything too unusual: the mani (actually I have that), Guru Rinpoche, Tara, Amitabha, probably Dorje Sempa?
Most of those you can copy in Tibetan Unicode from here: http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-mas ... dhisattvas

The 100-syllable mantra can be found here: http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-mas ... n-nyingtik

For entering Sanskrit stacks in Wylie, you can use http://www.thlib.org/reference/translit ... verter.php (the text entry box has an example with Guru Rinpoche's mantra).

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Re: Unicode mantras

Post by Lingpupa » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:34 pm

ratna wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:33 am
Most of those you can copy in Tibetan Unicode from here: http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-mas ... dhisattvas

The 100-syllable mantra can be found here: http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-mas ... n-nyingtik

For entering Sanskrit stacks in Wylie, you can use http://www.thlib.org/reference/translit ... verter.php (the text entry box has an example with Guru Rinpoche's mantra).
Brilliant! Thank you. :twothumbsup:
:anjali: :anjali: :anjali:
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Re: Unicode mantras

Post by Mantrik » Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:59 pm

Lingpupa wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:08 am
Mantrik wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:40 pm
Try :

http://www.visiblemantra.org/mantra.html

It has Siddham, Tibetan and Lantsa - for at least the first 3 of the ones you are after.

A spreadsheet is an easy way to copy and paste multiple mantras.
Thank you for that. I had seen that site, but hadn't spotted that there were unicode versions of some of the mantras. Unfortunately only for some - in most cases the Tibetan is only present as images, which is a possible way forward but far from ideal for technical reasons. So I'm still looking...

The copying, pasting and formatting is not a problem for me - I'm moderately computer-savvy. It's inputting the unicode that's a bit beyond me!

Thanks again
Also 'crazy-man' posted a link to this really good little transcriber/translator:

http://www.thlib.org/reference/dictiona ... nslate.php
http://www.khyung.com

Om Thathpurushaya Vidhmahe
Suvarna Pakshaya Dheemahe
Thanno Garuda Prachodayath

Micchāmi Dukkaḍaṃ (मिच्छामि दुक्कडम्)

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Re: Unicode mantras

Post by 明安 Myoan » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:54 pm

Here is detailed information from FPMT on some good inclusions for your wheel, such as the Earth and Sky Wheels, Life Tree Mantra for the center pole. The document doesn't say what order the "five colors" go in, but if it represents the Five Buddha Families, it might be blue, white, red, green, yellow. I used colorful duct tape, but there are fancier tapes for crafting out there.

It was tricky to scale the Earth and Sky Wheels to the size of my tiny wheel, but as long as they fit inside, I'm sure it's fine.

Also good to set your printer's DPI to the highest it can go.

For including texts, it's very easy to use Word and set the font to like 6 or smaller. A paper cutter was helpful when I needed to cut the strips of mantras for winding.
With a heart wandering in ignorance down this path and that, to guide me I simply say Namu-amida-butsu. -- Ippen

The virtuous man should recite nembutsu just as he is, as should the bad man. We regard faithful people, who repeat Nembutsu with a mind as pure as the day they were born, as those who do not require external support in nembutsu. However, if the bad rectify their misdeeds, become good and recite nembutsu, they will truly be in harmony with the heart of Buddha Amitabha. -- Master Hōnen

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Re: Unicode mantras

Post by Lingpupa » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:29 am

Mantrik wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:59 pm

Also 'crazy-man' posted a link to this really good little transcriber/translator:

http://www.thlib.org/reference/dictiona ... nslate.php
Yes, I've used that many times. My problem (a manifestation of laziness, I accept) is figuring out how to input the necessary to get unusual stacks and/or the modified letters used in Tibetan to represent sanskrit. The "na" in the mani would probably be the best known case in point, being a reflection for the ordinary Tibetan na. I could cope with one or two, but balked at the idea of, say, getting the 100-syllable mantra in if I can just copy it from somewhere.
Thanks for the suggestion!
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Re: Unicode mantras

Post by Lingpupa » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:30 am

And thank you for that too
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