Thereupon the World-honored One Vairocana again gazed upon the entire
great assembly and addressed the vajradhara Lord of Mysteries, saying, “Son
of the Buddha, there are eight secret seals which are most secret. [When used
in] the stations of the holy divinities [in the maṇḍala], their awesome divinity
is the same [as that of the deities]; they are characterized by their own
mantra path (i.e., mantras) and have [their own] maṇḍalas, and one should
intercorrespond with them as with one’s own deity. If they rely on [this] ritual
teaching, bodhisattvas cultivating bodhisattva practices via the gateway
of mantras should know that they themselves will dwell in the form of their
own deity, firm and unmoving, and after having known [the state of] their
own deity, they will abide in the manner of their own deity and obtain siddhi.
“What are the eight seals? With the right and left hands form the hollow
hand-clasp and spread the little fingers and forefingers apart as if to radiate
blazing light. This is the seal ‘birth of the World-honored One’s great
majesty.’ Its maṇḍala is triangular and has rays of light. The mantra is: Namaḥ
samantabuddhānāṃ, raṃ raḥ svāhā. (Homage to all Buddhas! Raṃ raḥ!
“Then with this [same] seal, bend the forefingers [down] on top of the
thumbs like the shape of the [Sanskrit] letter Va. This is the seal ‘adamantine
indestructibility of the World-honored One.’ Its maṇḍala is like the letter
Va in appearance (i.e., round) and has adamantine light. The mantra is:
Namaḥ samanta buddhā nāṃ, vaṃ vaḥ svāhā. (Homage to all Buddhas! Vaṃ
vaḥ! svāhā!) 
“Then, with the first seal, spread the ring fingers and middle fingers
apart. This is called ‘lotus-flower matrix seal.’ Its maṇḍala is like a lunar
disc in appearance and is surrounded by padma flowers. The mantra is:
Namaḥ samantabuddhānāṃ, saṃ saḥ svāhā. (Homage to all Buddhas
Doko wrote:I'm not sure if the Kuji-In is used in Shingon but we were recently watching a Shugendo documentary (Shugendo Now) and saw this being used.
Rakshasa wrote:Doko wrote:I'm not sure if the Kuji-In is used in Shingon ....
I think Mahavairocana Sutra is the central text of the Shingon sect, right? ... that the Ninjas as a warrior sect arose from the influence of Shingon Buddhism ...
... that Shugendo is another esoteric sect from Japan so the Ninjas must have been influenced by it instead of Shingon.....
Rakshasa wrote:In any case, it is pretty clear that the origin of these Seals is from Mahavairocana Sutra.
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