5/19/2007

Jizo crying at night

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Jizo and babies crying at night, yonaki Jizoo
夜泣き地蔵

This Jizo is believed to keep babies from crying at night. 'god of children who weep nightly' .



【岡本寺】明日香村岡

At the temple Okamoto-Ji in Asuka there is a stone dedicated to Bonten (A-Ten 阿(梵)天).

In former times, there was a small hall for the meditation of the sanskrit letter A (ajikan meditation). Monks would sit in front of the stone and meditate about the beginning and end of things. The Japanese letter for "breath" iki ,  means "jibun no kokoro 自分の心, your own self, your own heart, your origin". That is what you strife for in your meditation about the letters A and Un.
A means the breathing in, UN means the breating out of one cycle of breathing.


The stone with the sanskrit letter A 



This stone also was the subject of prayer for mothers with a baby that would cry at night (yonaki). If their prayer was sincere enough, the baby would stop crying. This belief is maybe linked to the sound of "aaa, aaa" when a baby cries.

There is also an old poem about this

阿字の子が、阿字のふるさと立ち出でて、また立ちかえる阿字のふるさと

People come from the souce of A, experience a lot of ups and downs in life and finally return to the letter UN in the end.

© 飛鳥京観光協会

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There are other places with a Jizo who helps with crying babies in Japan.

http://www.city.tomisato.chiba.jp/syoukai/stories/story005.html
http://www.city.inazawa.aichi.jp/mukashi/html/0201010100.html
http://www.usui-es.gsn.ed.jp/chiikiisan/sub12.htm
http://www.k5.dion.ne.jp/~jyoryuzi/kokyu.htm


English LINKS
http://www.shikoku.gr.jp/iyashi/english/tera88/16.htm
http://www.outdoorjapan.com/hiking-camping/activity-hc-mie6.html
http://www.gameshaper.net/kyonoki/pivot/entry.php?id=788&month=4&year=2007



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Ajikan Meditation 阿字観
Daruma Museum





Aum, Om, A-Un 阿吽 and HAIKU

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咲花もちれるも阿字の自在かな
hana saku mo chireru mo aji no jizai kana

cherry blossoms flower
and then fall down -
all this is the way of things ...

Enomoto Seifu-Jo 榎本星布


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. Jizoo Bosatsu (Kshitigarbha) 地蔵菩薩 .


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

.
星布は 遠くに在りて 春の星
Seifu wa tooku ni ari te haru no hoshi

Sakuo Nakamura

http://sakuo3903.blogspot.com/