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Manjushri Namasamgiti

Post by Mr. G » Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:22 pm

The Manjushri Namasamgiti Two-Day Empowerment is being held in Maryland:

http://www.sakyatemple.org/spl/hhst2011.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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The Manjushri Namasamgiti Two-Day Major Empowerment is a very special blessing, which purifies mental defilements and generates wisdom by dispelling the darkness of ignorance. For this reason, the Manjushri Namasamgiti tantra is one of the most important tantra texts recited at large Dharma gatherings such as the annual Monlam, or aspiration prayer festival. Known as the King of Tantras, this empowerment was requested by Vajrapani from the Buddha Shakyamuni for the purpose of attaining Buddhahood for himself and all sentient beings. The meaning of the Manjushri Namasamgiti empowerment is profound and vast

Can someone tell me a little more about this empowerment? On a more mundane level, does this particular practice also assist someone if they are pursuing Buddhist studies (memory, comprehension)?
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Re: Manjushri Namasamgiti

Post by conebeckham » Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:54 pm

Manjusri Namasamgiti is kind of a special case, according to Jamgon Kongtrul.
This tantra can be explained from the point of view of Yoga Tantra, and also from the framework of Highest Yoga Tantra. there are Indian commentaries from both positions, and also commentaries that approach this tantra from a Dzokchen point of view, apparently.

It's usually classified as a Father Tantra of the Delusion Class.

In general, Manjusri practice is said to benefit learning, study, etc.--what we might call "Mundane Siddhi."
This particular Tantra is concerned with Ultimate Siddhi, primarily.
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དེ་ནི་ཤེས་རབ་ལ་ནི་ལོ་རྟོག་སེལ།།


"Absolute Truth is not an object of analytical discourse or great discriminating wisdom,
It is realized through the blessing grace of the Guru and fortunate Karmic potential.
Like this, mistaken ideas of discriminating wisdom are clarified."
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Re: Manjushri Namasamgiti

Post by Mr. G » Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:56 pm

Thanks so much for that info cone!
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Re: Manjushri Namasamgiti

Post by kirtu » Sun May 22, 2011 4:03 pm

Off to the Cambodian Buddhist Temple at 1300 New Hampshire Avenue (technically just up the street from me since I also live at New Hampshire Avenue in DC - although about 700 blocks way) for the empowerment at 3 pm!


:woohoo:

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"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
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Re: Manjushri Namasamgiti

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:18 am

Among the three English translations I know of - Davidson, Wayman and Berzin - which is the most accurate?

Any others out there?
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Re: Manjushri Namasamgiti

Post by kirtu » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:13 pm

Will wrote:Among the three English translations I know of - Davidson, Wayman and Berzin - which is the most accurate?
I can't assess the translations themselves from the Tibetan but as we know Dr. Berzin can be highly idiosyncratic at times, bordering on Thurman.

One would have expected Hopkins and Eric Pema Kunzang to have at least sketched a translation although possibly not published one. Possibly also the Doctor's.

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Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche

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Re: Manjushri Namasamgiti

Post by Crazywisdom » Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:19 am

conebeckham wrote:Manjusri Namasamgiti is kind of a special case, according to Jamgon Kongtrul.
This tantra can be explained from the point of view of Yoga Tantra, and also from the framework of Highest Yoga Tantra. there are Indian commentaries from both positions, and also commentaries that approach this tantra from a Dzokchen point of view, apparently.

It's usually classified as a Father Tantra of the Delusion Class.

In general, Manjusri practice is said to benefit learning, study, etc.--what we might call "Mundane Siddhi."
This particular Tantra is concerned with Ultimate Siddhi, primarily.
Garab Dorje has a commentary from Dzogchen perspective.
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Re: Manjushri Namasamgiti

Post by janimani » Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:23 pm

The Gelug form has differences in how the guru yoga is performed (it is more elaborate), how the offerings are made, how the mantra is visualized, and so on. Primarily the Gelug form merely makes the sadhana practice more elaborate.
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Re: Manjushri Namasamgiti

Post by heart » Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:37 pm

Mr. G wrote:The Manjushri Namasamgiti Two-Day Empowerment is being held in Maryland:

http://www.sakyatemple.org/spl/hhst2011.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

About the Teachings
The Manjushri Namasamgiti Two-Day Major Empowerment is a very special blessing, which purifies mental defilements and generates wisdom by dispelling the darkness of ignorance. For this reason, the Manjushri Namasamgiti tantra is one of the most important tantra texts recited at large Dharma gatherings such as the annual Monlam, or aspiration prayer festival. Known as the King of Tantras, this empowerment was requested by Vajrapani from the Buddha Shakyamuni for the purpose of attaining Buddhahood for himself and all sentient beings. The meaning of the Manjushri Namasamgiti empowerment is profound and vast

Can someone tell me a little more about this empowerment? On a more mundane level, does this particular practice also assist someone if they are pursuing Buddhist studies (memory, comprehension)?
There exist a rather recent translation of this Tantra: http://www.amazon.com/The-Wisdom-Manjus ... 0980173043" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" that also contain commentaries by Vimalamitra and Garab Dorje and Rongzom Mahapandita.

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Re: Manjushri Namasamgiti

Post by pemachophel » Thu Nov 13, 2014 4:43 pm

Tulku Sherdor's English is excellent. I don't always like His term choices, but I do think His translations are accurate and reliable.

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