Ksitigarbha


Ksitigarbha  

Sanskrit: Kṣitigarbha অবলোকিতেশ্বর
Chinese: TC: 地藏菩薩, 地藏王菩薩
SC: 地藏菩萨, 地藏王菩萨
Pinyin: Dìzàng Púsà, Dìzàng Wáng Púsà
Wade-Giles: Ti Tsang, Ti Tsang Wang Pu Sa

Japanese: 地蔵 Jizō, 地蔵菩薩 Jizō Bosatsu, 地蔵王菩薩 Jizōō Bosatsu
Tibetan: Sai Nyingpo
Korean: 지장, 지장보살, ji jang, ji jang bosal
Vietnamese: Địa Tạng Vương
Kṣitigarbha is a bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism, usually depicted as a Buddhist monk in the Orient. The name may be translated as “Earth Treasury”, “Earth Store”, “Earth Matrix”, or “Earth Womb.” Kṣitigarbha is known for his vow not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied; therefore, he is regarded as the bodhisattva of hell beings. Usually depicted as a monk with a nimbus around his shaved head, he carries a staff to force open the gates of hell and a wish-fulfilling jewel to light up the darkness.

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