Omamori are traditional protective talismans offered by Buddhist temples to their supporters.
They are often inscribed with the bonji - Sanskrit mantric syllable - of a particular buddha, bodhisattva, or deity, and then empowered in a ritual during which the presence of that being is invoked. When hung in a home, vehicle, or place of work - or even carried daily - omamori serve not only to protect, but also to establish energetic connection with the temple and teacher.
This year, Korinji's omamori are connected to Marishiten, the guardian deity of our monastery. Marishiten is the god (or goddess) of the dawn, here shown in a wrathful aspect coursing through the sky astride a wild boar, wielding sword, fan, bow, and spear. Regarding Marishiten, in the Bussetsu Marishiten Kyo it is written:
There is a goddess named Marishiten, who comes before the sun.
Marishiten cannot be seen, caught, harmed, or bound by anyone.
Nobody can make her indebted to anyone,
Nobody can take advantage of Marishiten.
If one knows the name of Marishiten,
One also cannot be seen, caught, harmed, or bound.
Nobody can make one indebted to anyone,
Nobody can take advantage of one.
Historically, Marishiten was much revered by the samurai. The mantra of Marishiten is used to remove all obstacles.
Each wood omamori is ~ 5" long, and burned with the bonji MA, Marishiten's seed syllable. The stamp below it is a design created by the Shugendo master Shokai Koshikidake for Korinji. Each omamori will be empowered by Meido Roshi, and sent out shortly after the lunar new year (end of January 2023).
Suggested donation: $40.00 each in USA includes shipping (international orders please inquire first, as shipping may be an additional charge).
Thank you so much for your support of Korinji!