Chanting the Names of Manjusri: The Manjusri-Nama-Samgiti, by Alex Wayman

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This guru is implored to confer the four initiations upon the disciple. 3. The Seven Ma~qalas THE PRESENT-DAY Western-language systemization of Maiijusri forms has two helpful sources, the writings of B. Bhattacharyya 1 in English and a work on Maiijusri iconography by de Mallmann2 in French. For this essay, however, I needed more data than those sources could provide, and so I consulted a variety ofTibetan works and some in Sanskrit. , with Gandrabhadrakirti who speaks of six. To clarify what is meant, one should acknowledge that of the thirteen chapters of the M-N-S certain chapters cannot be considered for maTJ¢ala ·interpretation.

With Gandrabhadrakirti who speaks of six. To clarify what is meant, one should acknowledge that of the thirteen chapters of the M-N-S certain chapters cannot be considered for maTJ¢ala ·interpretation. ala; and by leaving the remaining chapters on the five Wisdoms to go with the remaining five families and their maTJ¢alas. Smrti's position is that each of the seven chapters can be interpreted as a maTJ¢ala, so there are seven. alas. alas, no matter whether they think there are six or seven. alas does not justify a solution colored by speculation.

Candrabhadrakirti, when detailing the Mafijusri names and Buddhas at the ends of the Chapters V-X, sticks to the established correlations of the Mafijusri names with Buddhas and their five Wisdoms. For the sixth Buddha Vajrasattva he assigns the Mafijusri name Arapacana and the ma"IJ4ala of Chapter V, the great Vajradhatu. ala (of Chapter V) is well recognized by the Ni~pannayogiivalz and other sources to have Vairocana as its central deity, not Vajrasattva. Be- sides, what Candrabhadrakirti explained, on Chapter XII, as Arapacana's mantra, is the very one which Mafijusrimitra used for the title ("Womb ...

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