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Jeweled Birth Buddha

 

 

Among the Buddhas of the Five Directions, Jeweled Birth Buddha(Sanskrit: रत्नसम्भव, Ratna-sambhava) is the host of the south. He represents the wisdom of equality of the Vairochana Buddha, the dharma body of Shakyamuni Buddha.  He also represents the subtle and wonderful virtue of the Buddhadharma. As he represents the increase of benefits in the form of infinite blessings and jewels, he is thus called Jeweled Birth. The body of Jeweled Birth Buddha is yellow in color and he sits on a seat supported by eight great horse kings. Jeweled Birth Buddha can transform the seventh consciousness into the wisdom of equality. He can tame all arrogant living beings.  In the Shurangama Mantra, the Jeweled Birth division encompasses the mantras of the heavenly kings and the dharma of the increase of benefit.  The dharma of the increase of benefit refers to increasing our precepts, samadhi, and wisdom, not to increasing ​our fame and profit.

 

The Shurangama Mantra with Verse and commentary
A simple explanation given by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

(53) Na Mwo Mwo Ni Jyu La Ye

The Buddha jeweled Birth, is Lord of the Mani Division,
Replete with his retinue of Space-Bodhisattvas.
The south is the region titled Ping-Ting-Huo.
Its fire blazes with red light, illumining K’an and Li.

 
 MWO NI is the mani jewel.  This is the south, the Jeweled Birth Division, the region hosted by the Buddha jeweled Birth. 
The Buddha Jeweled Birth, is Lord of the Mani Division/ “Mani,” again, just means “jewel.”  Replete with his retinue of Space-Bodhisattvas/ He is surrounded by his retinue of Space-Treasury Bodhisattvas and Paramita Bodhisattvas.  The south is the region titled Ping-Ting-Huo/ The Chinese refer to this position in the south as ping-ting-huo, which belongs to the element fire. Its fire blazes with red light, illumining K’an and Li/ Although it is in the south, its fire blazes with such intensity that it illumines k’an, the primary trigram in the north, as well as li, the primary trigram in the south.  From the south, it shines to the north.  K’an(
), in the north, is water.  Li() in the south, is fire.  The illumination goes from south to north and back again.  So we see that the light from the Jeweled Birth Division shines throughout the Dharma Realm.