How do you pronounce Kshitigarbha?

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How do you pronounce Kshitigarbha?

Postby gingercatni » Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:47 pm

Can anyone help me pronounce Kshitigarbha, as far as have worked out it sounds like shity garba?! help please!
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Re: How do you pronounce Kshitigarbha?

Postby Jikan » Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:46 pm

it's closer to cheetah gar ba
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Re: How do you pronounce Kshitigarbha?

Postby Anders » Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:54 pm

Dìzàng Wáng Púsà :tongue:
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As your companion in practice"

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Re: How do you pronounce Kshitigarbha?

Postby Astus » Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:53 pm

Kṣitigarbha in IPA symbols: kʂit̪igərbʱə (based on this chart; another one at Omniglot)
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Re: How do you pronounce Kshitigarbha?

Postby plwk » Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:19 am

One Indian friend taught me it's something like 'city/see thee gar bah' where the 'k' is silent like the word 'kṣatriya' (the class/caste of the warriors in Indian social order) is 'sat tree ya'. Then again until a professor in Sanskrit comes along....
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Re: How do you pronounce Kshitigarbha?

Postby benchen » Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:44 pm

kissty-garbha or city-garbha

sayi nyingpo in tibetan

jizo bosatsu in japanese

di zang pu sa in chinese

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Re: How do you pronounce Kshitigarbha?

Postby vinodh » Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:38 am

Its Kshiti-Garbha.. क्षितिगर्भ

K - as in /K/ite
sh - as in /Sh/oe
i - as in Pit
t - as in wi/th/
i - as it Pit
g - as in /g/as
a - as in c/u/t
r - as in /r/at
bh - Aspirated /b/ (with a breath of air).
a - as in c/u/t

No ! there are no silent letters in Sanskrit. 'K' must be pronounced.

Lemme see if I can attach my audio pronunciation !

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Re: How do you pronounce Kshitigarbha?

Postby Keshin » Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:58 am

kshittih-gurr-bhuh

It does sound like "shitty" with a "k" sound before it, only the "y" in shitty would be the same sound as the i in shit. Because of that, I usually pronounce it as "sɪtigɑːbə" in casual use (due to accent). Pronouncing it in say, a mantra (such as Oṃ Kṣitigarbha bodhisattva yaḥ), I'm more faithful to the pronunciation though. :smile:
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Re: How do you pronounce Kshitigarbha?

Postby vinodh » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:28 pm

//kshittih-gurr-bhuh//

Just to reiterate:

/t/ in Kshitigarbha is Dental (t̪) not Retroflex.
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sadāśāntiṁ vibhāvitvā gacchāmi śaraṇaṁ hyaham

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Clearly perceiving [him] to be eternally serene, I go for refuge [in him]
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Re: How do you pronounce Kshitigarbha?

Postby cj39 » Wed May 18, 2011 9:14 pm

And that's why I usually call him Earth Store Bodhisattva :D
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Re: How do you pronounce Kshitigarbha?

Postby remm » Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:23 am

vinodh wrote://kshittih-gurr-bhuh//

Just to reiterate:

/t/ in Kshitigarbha is Dental (t̪) not Retroflex.


Yeah, from what I learnt in my sanskrit class there are no silent letters in sanskrit. Hence the "K" should be pronounced. So, I'm guessing "k-shee-tee-gar-bah".
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Re: How do you pronounce Kshitigarbha?

Postby urgyen yeshe » Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:53 am

Ven Drugu Choegyal Rinpoche pronounced it as 'Kyisti Garbha'. I like the way it was pronounced by Rinpoche.


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