Dharani amulet

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  • Amulet
  • 19th century
  • Height: not filled / Width: not filled / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Hans Leder, Inv. Nr.: 65034
  • Weltmuseum Wien
  • © KHM mit MVK und ÖTM
This amulet print consists of three circles. In the centre is an eight-petalled lotus with the seed syllables “Om ah hum” in the middle and the seed syllables “Hum” and “Hri” written alternatingly on the petals. The dharani of Entering the Great City of Vaishali (Skt. Vaishali-pravesha-dharani, Tib. yangs pa’i grong khyer du ’jug pa’i gzungs) is written in the next circle. It possibly derives from the sutra of the same name. The dharani was used for purification, especially in case of a pollution by the breach of a holy vow or samaya vow (Tib. dam grib), a violation of samaya vow (Tib. nyams grib), deranged discipline (Tib. tshul ’chal), an obscuration of a heinous deed, also known as inexpiable karma (Tib. mtshams med kyi las) and so on. Then, in the outermost circle, the formula of Buddhist creed is written, reading “Om ye dharma hetu prabhava hetun teshan tathagato hya vadat teshanyca yo nirodha evam vadi mahashramana.” It is meant to protect against and to purify the bearer of this amulet from the pollution of defiled food (Tib. zas grib), defilement from dirty clothing (Tib. gos grib) and so on.
© Olaf Czaja
Dharani amulet
/ Mongolia / 19th century / Weltmuseum Wien / © KHM mit MVK und ÖTM