Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Why Intellectual Property Rights In China Don't Come Naturally
It has 32 pages and I read it in just half an hour. And a splendid half hour it was.
Gaining power from the dharani
"The reproduction of religious texts is uniquely appealing to Buddhists because it is a tenet of that religion that the copying and distribution of its sutras is a way to receive the blessings of its founder. The Buddha, it is said, once remarked, “Whoever wishes to gain power from the dharani [charms] must write seventy-seven copies and place them in a pagoda.” The underlying “religious motivation is . . . confirmed by the earliest printings of the dharani discovered in Japan and Korea.”"
Fascinating. Thanks Charles.
Using the web as a pagoda here is a chanted version of (one of) the most famous dharani the Lotus Sutra.
Picture by Peter Nijenhuis can be used with the following Creative Commons license.