Malcolm wrote:The mani is a dharani, so here is a sutra system for chanting it. Arapacana is also from sutra.
Ah. So it's okay I gave my S.O. the mani mantra. I tried to get him to receive it from the Karmapa, but he refused. But he did recite it all the time. One time asked me if it was okay if he could say it for himself (mostly he did the mantra for others).
The tantras you are mentioning are so called "kalpa" tantras, sections of sutra that are also classfied as kriya tantra, so again, no contradiction.
Visualizing in the space in front, the same reason Green Tara practice as an outer tantra can be done by any and all.
Most of the mantras that Chinese people are chanting are from sutra or dharani texts. Many of these were also translated from Chinese into Tibetan.
That's interesting. Under Songtsen Gampo? Or later?