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Interview meme! If you've got questions about Kami-sama, ASK AWAY.




my mood theme is terrifying.

Current Mood: bouncybouncy

1. dorje

Symbolically a dorje represents the 'thunderbolt of enlightenment,' that abrupt change in human consciousness which is recognised by all the great religions as a pivotal episode in the lives of mystics and saints.

The Bell and Dorje, or thunderbolt, are inseparable ritual objects in Tibetan Buddhism. They are always used in combination during religious ceremonies.

The Bell held in the left hand, representing the female aspect as wisdom; the Dorje, or male held in the right hand, aspect as method. Together, they represent union of wisdom and method, or the attainment of Enlightenment.


So Kami-sama has only the dorje and not the bell--male method without female wisdom? Or did he have the bell and use it for a different purpose, but simply never bring it out in canon? Except that they're 'inseperable,' and the dorje by itself cannot represent Enlightenment. Disillusion? Another reference to not being a true Sanzo? Don't know.

2. juzu prayer beads

Since ancient times, Buddhists have run a string of beads through their fingers when they read the sutras, or chanted the names of Buddhas or the titles of sutras in their practices. Sometimes, the Juzu are used for counting the number of invocations made. Twenty-sixth High Priest Nichikan Shonin states in his "Three Robes of this School":

The Juzu is a means to guide persons of inferior capacity and force them into ascetic practices.

In Nichiren Shoshu, Juzu have always been utilized as an instrument to bring the people of Mappo into contact with the Three Treasures - the Buddha, the Law and the Priesthood and to help them practice the Law. Juzu are always handled carefully, for they are considered one of three robes vital to the practice of Buddhism. The priest's robe (koromo) and surplice (kesa) are two of the three robes, but the Juzu beads are used by everyone.

There are 108 beads of the same size in the central string. This is described in various treatises such as the "Great Wisdom Treatise" by Bodhisattva Nagarjuna and the "Annotations on the 'Great Concentration and Insight'" by the Great Teacher Miao-lo as representing the number of the earthly desires of a common mortal.

The entire string of Juzu beads represents the five characters of the Mystic Law, that is, the entity of the unadorned, eternally existing Law through which all Buddhas attain enlightenment. The roundness of the beads signify the mystic truth, the benefits of the Mystic Law, and the true entity of all phenomena. Shakyamuni Buddha stated in the Seishi Bosatsu Sutra that those people who used Juzu made of square beads were the disciples of non- (Gedo) teachings and were not his disciples. He taught his disciples to always use Juzu made of round beads.


Priest's robe, surplice, beads, check--so this labels him an official 'practitioner of Buddhism'? Oddly, none of the other Sanzos in canon is really seen with prayer beads (except Kouryuu's string--found with him--symbolism again? Or maybe the chakra's all the confirmation they really need.) Kami-sama's string looks MUCH longer than 108 beads, and he drapes himself with them. (Drapes himself with earthly desires. Subtle, Minekura.) One wonders where he got the idea. Presumably Ukoku was the one who taught him to use them as weapons, but why? And so obviously. Kami-sama seems to like throwing his cards out on the table early. Terrible at gambling.

MAYBE I'M JUST THINKING TOO HARD. on a less solemn note, square beads would hurt even more than round ones. also 'Seishi Bosatsu Sutra' is giving me horrible ideas for Saiyuki/Fushigi Yuugi crossover. ahahaha.

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Voting post was here.

Kami-sama is officially taken post-death, so he can hit on Gojyo a lot to keep the bloodiness down to manageable levels.

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