Hang silk of the five colors, each piece five inches wide, from a large rock, so that you may be sure to succeed in your goal. Furthermore, while entering the mountains you must know the Six-Chia secret prayer. It goes like: "May the presiders over warriors be my vanguard! It means, "May all evils flee me and the essential procedure present no trouble. According to the Baopuzi, the kuji is a prayer to avert difficulties and baleful influences and to ensure things proceed without difficulty. As to what the kuji consisted of at the time it arrived in Japan is unknown.
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Hang silk of the five colors, each piece five inches wide, from a large rock, so that you may be sure to succeed in your goal. Furthermore, while entering the mountains you must know the Six-Chia secret prayer. It goes like: "May the presiders over warriors be my vanguard! It means, "May all evils flee me and the essential procedure present no trouble. According to the Baopuzi, the kuji is a prayer to avert difficulties and baleful influences and to ensure things proceed without difficulty.
As to what the kuji consisted of at the time it arrived in Japan is unknown. Issues[ edit ] Kuji is rumored to be a dangerous ritual if carried out without proper initiation. The kuji formulas Kakuban introduces are commonly grouped under the title zokushu? It may be assumed that they were unfamiliar with the kuji or only considered them as part of a minor teaching. Regardless, the nine syllables of the kuji have developed several correlations and associations with religious and philosophical aspects of Japanese esoteric Buddhism.
Most of these variations occurred well after the introduction of the kuji into Japan. Some, however, are other Taoist formulas taken from Taoist writings and Buddhist sutras. The fact that the Taoist kuji are not seen in Japanese documents and writings until at least the s, and then not extensively until around the Edo and Meiji periods indicates that they were either not extensively practiced, or taught as kuden oral transmission.
However, the fact that so many koryu list the kuji in their makimono indicates it must have been considered an essential teaching goku-i. Significance of the number nine[ edit ] Why the number nine is used has also been of concern to some.
Whereas, kuji-ho refers to the entire ritual of kuji and encompasses the mudra, mantra and meditation. Kuji-kan nine syllable visualization , is a specialized form of Buddhist meditation.
There are hundreds of mudras in Shingon alone. Many of these mudras are shared, however, many are not. To further complicate this fact, there are also untold numbers of variations on a given mudra, and many mudras are associated with more than one deity or idea. Furthermore, a mudra may have more than one name, or one association depending on its purpose. As stated earlier the kuji in and of itself is a simple prayer. Especially in regards to the first and last mudras, the mudras associated with the syllables "to" and "sha", "kai" and "jin".
These mudras are obvious yin and yang counterparts. This is significant in that the concept of yin and yang is seen as encompassing all the cosmic phenomena, all eternity between the two polar opposites. In fact, not only do these two related mudras represent the alpha and omega by themselves, but the two lions associated with them take this association a step further.
The two lions are commonly seen outside the doors of Buddhist temples, where they stand as guardians against evil and baleful influences. The truth of things is that they are neither real nor unreal. This description also applies to the next two mudra, gebbaku-in gesture of the outer bond and its immediate counterpart neibbaku-in gesture of the inner bound.
In relation to yin and yang theory, the yang aspect is the light, masculine, positive, offensive, absolute, horizontal, left, forward, upward.
While the yin aspect is the dark, feminine, negative, defensive, relative, vertical, right, backward, down. The text compilation of texts appears to span a time period from the s on up to s and s. The Fuju shu lists rituals, 26 of them kuji-ho.
Waterhouse, The two particular techniques of ku-ji that are most directly related to budo, and most widely known are kuji hon-i Fuju Shu and kuji no daiji Fuju Shu Other groupings of deities exist as well depending on the sect and purpose of the kuji. Kuji-kiri Cutting the nine syllables [ edit ] The related practice of making nine cuts— five horizontal and four vertical, alternating — in the air or palm of a hand with the finger or on paper with a brush is known as kujikiri , nine syllable cuts.
Kuji-kiri is explained in Shugendo texts, quite correctly, as a preparatory ritual of protection, to cut off demonic influences and their inki vital substance Waterhouse, In Japanese folk-magic and onmyodo , the nine cuts are often made over writing or a picture, to gain control of the object named or pictured. Thus, a sailor wishing to be protected from drowning might write them over the kanji for "sea" or "water".
Author and historian John Stevens notes that methods of oral sex using kuji-kiri were employed by practitioners of Tachikawa-ryu. The Fuju shu does not spell out every ritual in detail. However, in several of the kuji-kiri rituals it is spelled out that the strokes are made alternately horizontal and then vertical: five horizontal and four vertical for men; and four horizontal and five vertical for woman.
These are to be followed by four vertical slashes while reciting the in-syllables: pyo, sha, jin, zai which spells warriors, one formation, take position. The document gives no other information as to why this arrangement is used. Kujiho in practice[ edit ] Ku-ji itself is a very flexible practice that can be modified depending on the needs of the practitioner. The practice of ku-ji ho as found in Japanese esoteric Buddhism is a sanmitsu nenju concentrated three mysteries practice , and as such, consists of several dependent, integrated practices.
It can be practiced in the form of either of the two mandaras of esoteric Buddhism [mikkyo]. It is also used by other Buddhist sects, especially in Japan; some Taoists and practitioners of Shinto and Chinese traditional religion; and in folk-magic throughout East Asia. In general, simply offering incense, reciting the kuji with hands in gasho, and being mindful and present is sufficient to appease to Jia.
The Kuji-in practice symbolizes that all the forces of the universe are united against evil; because of this, it was often used by the common people for luck when traveling, especially in the mountains. Note that the syllables are shortened forms, and there are also longer, Japanese mantra that go with the same mudra. As to why there appears to be no correlation between the mudra and mantra and the representative deities is unknown at this time. It is used at the end of the invocation to the god being sacrificed to anuvakya as an invitation to and for that God to partake of the sacrifice.
It seems to be one of more common forms of the Buddhist possibly Shugendo kuji. If the original source is discovered it will be made available. The index sometimes middle fingers are raised and pressed together.
Whereas the mudra kongoshin-in is the mudra of Taishaku-ten Indra Mantra is, On baishiramantaya sowaka. Mudra is, daikongorin-in, "seal of the great thunderbolt. Ring and pinky fingers are straight.
Tips of ring fingers pressed together, tips of pinkies pressed together, but both sets of ring and pinky fingers are separated to form a V shape or bird beak Mudra is, gejishi-in "seal of the outer lion. But is rather a Shugendo mudra. Index finger, pinky and thumb straight, like American Sign Language "I love you". Mudra is, naijishi-in "seal of the inner lion. All hail the swift thunderbolt of exalted strength, virtue, and glory!
Note: the Sanskrit word haya as in the prefix of the God Hayagriva means "horse" bato — Jpn. Mudra is, gebaku-in "seal of the outer bonds. Utterly crush and devour! It is the bija of Hayagriva and also Acala , and symbolizes a divine weapon of sorts, like a vajra spear or vajra sword thrown or wielded against an enemy, and denotes something like "split", break", "devour", or "crush", referring to the devouring of all evils.
Mudra is naibaku-in "seal of the inner bonds. Mudra is, Chiken-in "seal of the wisdom fist," also known as "seal of the interpenetration of the two realms. Mudra is "seal of the ring of the sun. Whereas the mudra ongyo-in is a mudra associated with Marishi-Ten Marici. Note: There is no further translation to this mantra. Without any further information regarding this particular kuji ho the best guess is as follows:.
Kuji Goshin Hou is perhaps the most important practice in the Kouryou Kai. It helps to student cultivate great spiritual mastery while granting various amazing skills and abilities over time. Any spiritual quest is capable of doing so, if such a quest is well honed and true to the psyche of man. However, seeking the power will throw the student off and any possible power gained will be weak in comparison. Even if the seeker began with spiritual enlightenment as the goal and later became more interested in the power obtain, such power can easily fade.
The Kuji Ho
The Fuju shu lists rituals, 26 of them kuji-ho. The related practice of making nine cuts— five horizontal and four vertical, alternating — in the air or palm of a hand with the finger or on paper with a brush is known as kujikirinine syllable cuts. While the yin aspect is the dark, feminine, negative, defensive, relative, vertical, right, backward, down. December Learn how and when to remove this template message.