真言 shingon

Words of truth. A type of Buddhist esoterica enabled by uttering Sanskrit letters, imbued with meaning, in succession. Shingon have no true literal meaning, but they are extolled as essentially the power of the Gods themselves.

Seed Syllable
種字 shuji

A mantra consisting of a single syllable (“seed”) used to represent a buddha’s name, or a buddha in his entirety.


The name of the Hindu God of Fire. Kaede wrote this name on her charms and strung them onto chains, using them in an exploding ninjutsu.


A letter meaning ‘bind’. Setsuna used this to restrain the Canis Niger bounty hunters.


The shuji of Bhaisajyaguru, the buddha of healing and medicine. By uttering this mantra, it is possible to make use of some of the simpler arts connected with Bhaisajyaguru.

By uttering bhai, Setsuna drove off the numbness in her arms and legs caused by Chao’s electric attacks, allowing her to move as sharply as before.


The shuji of Manjusri, the bodhisattva of prajna, or higher wisdom.

Kaede wrote down this mantra on her blindfolds to attain supernatural perception, as a gesture to Manjusri and his teachings: to be able to naturally comprehend, not the many truths of all objects, but the one truth that everything is void.

Namak Samanta Vajra Nam Ham

The Unmoving Curse, part of the mantra of Acala. By calling on the name of the mantra of this fierce Vidyaraja, Kaede is exercising a highly offensive houjutsu.


Each of the five syllables of the mantra of Vairocana of the Womb Realm, a-vi-ra-hum-kha, correspond to the five elements of earth, water, fire, wind, and void. Ram (derived from ra, ‘fire’) represents the “light of knowledge, burning away the ignorance of beasts”.

Setsuna summoned a flame at the tip of her finger with this shuji, giving this essentially the same effect as Ardescat.


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