Kana seed-syllables/mantras?

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Kana seed-syllables/mantras?

Post by Palzang Jangchub » Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:40 am

Is there a form of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism (Vajrayana) that uses one of the Kana scripts for seed-syllables and mantras, or are these always written in Siddhaṃ script?

For someone who has studied Japanese, using one of the already known syllabaries like Katakana or Hiragana for this purpose would obviously be easier than starting anew with Siddhaṃ or even the Tibetan Uchen...
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Re: Kana seed-syllables/mantras?

Post by eijo » Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:58 am

Karma Jinpa wrote:Is there a form of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism (Vajrayana) that uses one of the Kana scripts for seed-syllables and mantras, or are these always written in Siddhaṃ script?
Only Siddham letters are used for visualizations in Shingon.

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Re: Kana seed-syllables/mantras?

Post by crazy-man » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:14 pm

Siddham in China and Japan
http://www.sino-platonic.org/complete/s ... _japan.pdf

Die Siddhaṃ in der japanischen Kunst in Ritualen der Heilung
http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/voll ... -Hosak.pdf

Kuden: The Oral Hermeneutics of Tendai Tantric Buddhism
https://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/nfile/2357

Sanskrit Beyond Text: The Use of Bonji (Siddham) in Mandala and Other Imagery in Ancient and Medieval Japan
https://digital.lib.washington.edu/rese ... sequence=1

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