buddhist mythology

Fiend Daisoujou

A Buddhist monk who had followed the practice known as ‘Sokunshinbutusu’ that was often practiced in the ‘Yamagata’ region of Japan by those who ascribed to the religious sect of Shingon.

According to legend, a monk would slowly starve himself from over three thousand days to ten years. All that they would eat to survive were things that grew on trees, such as pine needles, seeds, berries, nuts, resin and even tree bark. Some monks would even go so far as to eat just stones. This diet would cause the monk to lose all fat in the body and afterwards, would eventually stop drinking which would shrivel their skin.

Then they would entomb themselves into a small burial chamber with a small bell and a tube for breathing. If the bell rang once a day, the monk was alive. But if it did not ring, the tube was removed and the chamber sealed. The monks would often die while meditating and chanting a sutra. Sometime later, the body would be exhumed and if found to be preserved, would be venerated and worshiped.

It is said that hundreds of monks would attempt this over the years, but as of the current year, only twenty eight monks were found to have been successful.

Eventually the practice would be banned in the 19th century. The term Daisōjō was the name for the highest rank of priesthood in Japanese Buddhism.

Myths & Magic - #11- Buddhist Mythology

Hi guys and Girls, Luke here!

And I’m here with the 11th mythical installment of our “Myths & Magic” series.

Where we, with help from all the members of our community, create a weapon or magic item based off a mythology somewhere in the world.

And this week we’re travelling all the way back to one of our favorite places for myths and legends, the far east…

Because this week, we are doing Buddhist Mythology.

And this weeks mythical item is an amazing creation, based so much off of the true mythology, as well as our research…

So I hope you all like this weeks item, because a lot of research went into it!

So once again, for the 11th time, I would like to proudly present to you this weeks mythical item.

The Mythical Magic Item that you guys and girls voted for and helped us create…

I present to you…

The Vajra, The Thunderbolt Diamond

The vajra appears to be a type of club with a ribbed spherical head. These ribs may meet in a ball-shaped top, or they may be separate and end in sharp points with which to stab.

Thunderbolt Way: While holding the vajra in your hands, all melee attacks, including unarmed strikes, deal an extra 1d4 lightning or thunder damage, the player may choose which type.

Diamond Way: The Vajra is a symbol of firmness of spirit and spiritual power. When you attune to this item, your Constitution and Wisdom Scores both increase by +1.

Strength of Thunder: When attacking with a spell that deals lightning damage, the DC for that spell is increased by 2.

In addition, with all lightning spells cast, the caster may select a number of targets for those spells to arc to that are already not affected by that spell.

The range of this arc is 5ft times the casters spellcasting modifier.

This lightning arcs to a number of hostile creatures equal to your Wisdom Modifier (Minimum of One.)

Thanks to everyone for getting involved and giving suggestions on what you wanted this weeks mythical item to be!

And this item is personally one of my favorites…

But who am I kidding? I love every mythical item we make!

And, of course, we will be continuing with this series next week.

And I can confirm for you that next weeks mythical item is based on…

Australian Aboriginal mythology

I know, a very specific one this time…

So join us as we go to the outback of Australia and beyond, as we get all mythical on Aboriginal Mythology!

So anyways, this has been Luke, releasing the 11th of our new  “Myths & Magic” series.

If you like this series and want to get involved, you can like, comment, and chat with us, or even suggest the next mythology we should do!

And if you like what we do, you can follow us on Tumblr!

As always, I’ve been Luke.

Thanks for reading!

And remember… HAVE FUN!!!

P.S. There are several specific aboriginal myths we are considering…

Open the link and tell us which aboriginal myth you would like to see us do!

A sacred tree in Thailand bears strange fruits in the shape of anatomically correct beautiful women!

In Buddhist mythology , a tree known as the Nariphon bears the fruit of young female creatures and is said to grow in the mythical forest called Himaphan.

The story goes that Buddhist god, Indra created a home in the forest for his wife Vessantara and his two children. But when Vessantara went out into the forest to collect food, she was in danger of being attacked by terrifying male creatures.Indra then created 12 special Nariphon trees which would bear fruit in his wife’s image to distract the creatures while she picked her own food.The men would take these fruits back to their homes and after making love to them would sleep for four months, and lose their powers.

According to Thai folklore, after Indra and his wife died, the trees continued to bear fruit. There are rumoured to be two Nariphon pods in a Buddhist temple near Bangkok.

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“Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth–penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words. Beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told.”  
 ~ Joseph Campbell

~ Original Acrylic painting by Tomasz Alen Kopera
~ Color and photo editing/animation by George RedHawk

Avalokitesvara: Asexual. Avalokitesvara appears in different manifestations across Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Originally presenting as male, Avalokitesvara later becomes female, particularly in Chinese lore. Bodhisattvas are customarily considered celibate or asexual, and this one is explicitly asexual. Avalokitesvara is occasionally linked with other mythic figures, so a romantic connection is not impossible but is unlikely.
Avalokitesvara has thirty-three manifestations, so there are many symbols and other features available. Among the most common are a white robe, a willow branch, and a white vase holding the “dew of compassion,” which can purify the mind and body. Others include a lotus leaf, a fish basket, a clam, and the moon. Notice the repetition of cleansing and purity.
This bodhisattva deals in compassion and enlightenment and is an excellent guide for followers interested in meditation and personal growth. Male-to-female transsexuals may also appreciate a divine patron who has made a similar journey. Here, too, is an expression of asexuality as a spiritual state of wholeness and purity.
—  Elizabeth Barrette, “Divine Aces: Asexual Gods and Goddesses,” Llewellyn’s 2015 Witches’ Companion
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Wat Rong Khun (Thai: วัดร่องขุ่น), perhaps better known to foreigners as the White Temple, is a contemporary, unconventional, privately owned, art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. It is owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed, constructed, and opened it to visitors in 1997. 

The bridge of “the cycle of rebirth”: the main building at the white temple, the ubosot, is reached by crossing a bridge over a small lake. In front of the bridge are hundreds of outreaching hands that symbolize unrestrained desire. The bridge proclaims that the way to happiness is by foregoing temptation, greed, and desire. Next to the lake stand two very elegant Kinnaree, half-human, half-bird creatures from Buddhist mythology.

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We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. - J.R.R. Tolkien

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修羅旋風拳 (Shura Senpuuken), 2015
Brush pen, watercolour, white gel pen

@yyhsecretsanta - for @imsuchanartist / @c-f-comer! I love Jin, so this was a real treat to get to draw him!

Mashoutsukai/Team Masho is clearly presented as a band of ninjas. And thanks to his red anime hair, pointed ears and English dub accent, I guess a lot of people associate Jin with, well, leprechauns or something. But since childhood I associated Jin with something completely different, for one main reason: the Shura Senpuuken, his tornado fist technique. 

修羅 (which is the same shura as Shura clone son of Yomi, and the shura in Ashura of CLAMP’s RG Veda fame) is very popular in Asian fictional works - it pops up all the time in RPGs and other anime and manga as names for characters, attacks, and whatnot. It comes from the Sanskrit asura, which refers to a type of powerful spirit, lord or deity in Hindu and Buddhist mythology, ranking above humans but below most other gods, and sometimes associated with various aspects of war.

Anyways, because of that, as a kid I always had this idea in my mind of him being a sort of chaotic Vedic demigod.

I threw in a bonus Jin and Yusuke at the end just because I wanted to draw some battle god buddies, I hope you don’t mind …

Merry Christmas!

Garuda

Origin: Buddhist mythology

Type: Bird-like creature

Often wearing a crown, the Garuda has the golden body of a man, an eagle’s beak, red wings, a white face and is large enough to block out the sun. When he burst from the egg blazing with a fire, the gods were so terrified he reduced his size and energy.

In Tibetan Buddhism, the Garuda is sometimes depicted with a large belly, big eyes, short blue horns and yellow hair. He is daring and fearless, holding two snakes in its talons. The snakes symbolize hatred, and the Garuda is the spiritual energy that overcomes it.

Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth–penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words. Beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told.
—  Joseph Campbell
Mahakala

(god) The Buddhist (mostly Esoteric and Tibetan) god of time and destruction. Compare him to Kali, the Hindu goddess of endless night and time or her husband, Shiva. He enjoys destroying material things because it’s freaking fun and is beyond our comprehension. He manifests as many forms to his followers. 

Japan and their kawaii-ness made this destructo god, an adorable god of wealth with his mallet of scattering money. He probably still has some Mahakala in him…(beware the nice ones indeed).

See also: Marishiten

Mahabrahma

(god) In Theravada Buddhism, Mahabrahma is a greater Brahma deva (Hinduism and Buddhism are very different in terms of cosmology). He regarded his importance to the creation of the universe because he thought he was the first being in existence (an example of Buddhism’s shade on Hinduism).

The funny thing is that there are four or five Mahabrahmas that regard themselves to be creator gods (other regard Buddha to be god, which is also proven wrong.) They are corrected by Buddha in every time he encounters them.

See also: Brahma