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Myōe – Receives a vision of Light

Identifier

021376

Type of Spiritual Experience

Vision
Hallucination

Number of hallucinations: 1

Background

A description of the experience

From Shingon Refractions – Professor Mark Unno

Myōe  recorded his first major vision in which the Mantra of Light  appeared in 1220:

In the summer of 1220, I was practicing the samadhi of the Buddha's Radiance. On the twenty-ninth day of the seventh month of the same year, I received auspicious signs in the midst of meditation. That is, a sphere of white light appeared before me. Its shape was like that of a white jewel of approximately one foot in diameter. To the left there was a white light that grew from one foot [in length] to two feet and then three. To the right there was a light like a mass of fire. There was a voice that said, "This is the Mantra of Light."

When I emerged from my contemplation and thought about it, its profound meaning became apparent. The light, like a mass of flames, was the light to illuminate the evil paths (of reincarnation).

The source of the experience

Myōe

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Light

Symbols

Diamond
Jewels
Light

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Contemplation and detachment

Commonsteps

Meditation

References