Great Vow Bodhisattva
(Ksitigarbha Buddha) - LARGE
Dimension(in): 3x3x7.9 in (11in Alarm Staff)
He is known as Di Zhang Bodhisattva in Chinese,
Ksitigarbha in Sanskrit, and Jizo Bosatsu in Japanese. The Di
Zhang has a great vow to not achieve Buddhahood until "all the
Hells are empty". But his vow actually encompasses all sentient
beings and to save sentient beings, even if he has to suffer retribution.
The popularity of Di Zhang is next to Kwan Yin among the Chinese.
He carries with him the ALARM STAFF, considered as a symbol of
goodwill, compassion and care. It sends out the message of how
precious every living creature is and none should be sacrificed.
One can display the statue to suppress Quarrelsome Star #3. The
Alarm Staff is not a weapon. Instead it is a staff with rounded
loops at the top with jingling rings that symbolizes peace, harmony
and respect for all living realms. Its jingling rings are said
to produce hyms that creates awareness. It is one of the eighteen
treasures of Buddhism. It is normally carried by high practising
buddhist monks (close to sainthood) to clear the pathway and warn
small creatures (such as creeping life like ants) to make way
so that they will not be stepped and killed. In ancient Sanskrit,
it is called the "Khakhara" or "Hikile". This staff reminds those
practising Buddhism to abstain from killing. If one feels that
the energy in the home is overly quarrelsome, quickly invite this
Buddha as antidote.