Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Ritual Object

ཆོས་ཆས། 法器
(item no. 54457)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Bon
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Paper
Collection Field Museum of Natural History
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Object/Concept

Interpretation / Description

the Three Heart Mantras of the Bon Religion, recited daily by all Bonpos, as a paper print created from a carved wood block. The three mantras are primarily written in the Zhangzhung language with some Indian Sanskrit borrowings. The first line below belongs to Shenlha Okar Gyalwa Dupa. The second line is for Tonpa Shenrab, Chamma and the Dulwa Shendrug. The third line is primarily for purification.

a a kar sa le od a yang om du [Shenlha Okar Gyalwa Dupa].
om ma tri mu ye sa la du [Dulwa Shendrug Mantra].
a kar a me du tri su nag po shi shi ma la ma la sva ha.

Jeff Watt 1-2011

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