Omamori are traditional protective talismans given by Buddhist temples to their supporters.
They are often inscribed with the bonji - Sanskrit mantric syllable - of a particular buddha, bodhisattva, or deity, and are then empowered in a ritual during which the energy 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 will not make small omamori. Instead, Meido Roshi has decided to make these special larger calligraphies. 2021 marked the third year since Korinji's completion. It was a challenging few years, as for everyone. He recently explained:
"Nakashima Sensei, one of my teachers and an advisor to Korinji before her death, often encouraged and exhorted me this way: Once you finish it, hold on for 3 years no matter what! If you can do that, it will succeed.
I've decided that instead of our usual omamori, for 2022 we will offer these calligraphies as a special commemoration of those three years we held on.
The sun disk contains my calligraphy of the bonji (Sanskrit mantric syllable) MA for Marishiten, who is Korinji's guardian deity. The stamp of Marishiten below that is a design created by my Shugendo master, Koshikidake Soke. We will empower these in a special ceremony as usual, and send them out after the new year.
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, and the mantra of Marishiten is used to remove all obstacles. For this reason, I would like to share these special calligraphies with our members now, as a way to share Korinji's energy with you in the new year, and as a prayer for your health and successful practice. Please hang these in your home, at work, or at your personal altar in 2022."
These are heavy cardstock, approximately 10 x 11 inches. Suggested donation: $50.00 each in USA (international orders please inquire first, as shipping may be an additional charge).They will be completed and shipped shortly after January 1, in time for the lunar new year.
Thank you so much for your support of Korinji!