Yi-Xin Craft Incense

Synonyms for Nirvana

$826.94

Scents of the East: Blended Series

2 Grams per tube: approx 20 min burning time per stick - this batch has local, home studio processed Hawaiian sandalwood, turmeric and cloves.


A recreation of an ancient recipe calling for equal parts clove, sandalwood, agarwood, turmeric, and Borneo camphor. It is normally quite crazy strong to put so much clove and camphor into incense. However, with KZ techniques those ratios can be managed in balance - to very pure effect.

The underlying purpose of this incense is the transmutation of the five poisons. greed, hatred, delusion, arrogance and doubt are considered toxins or poisons that are to be understood and transformed through various consciously engaged practices.

This incense could also be called 五佛香 or Incense of 5 Buddhas. The traditional associations are also related to the “Five Buddha Families” from the Surangama mantra and other Sutra texts.

Center is elemental space and Buddha Vairocana & agarwood which transforms delusion. North is elemental wind & Buddha Amoghasiddhi - ingredient is turmeric and transforms doubt. West is the elemental fire, Buddha Amitabha, sandalwood transforming craving. South is earth, Buddha Ratnasambhava - borneol camphor transforming pride. East is elemental water and Buddha Akshobhya - clove transforming aversion.

The name “Synonyms for Nirvana” was chosen due to inspirations from Pali texts that flesh out the layers of meaning that this often uni-dimensionally or superficially expressed term actually has. Some synonyms the Buddha uses for Nirvana are the further (shore), the subtle, very hard to see, without decay, firm, not liable to dissolution, incomparable, peaceful, deathless, excellent, auspicious, rest, marvelous, without affliction, dispassion, purity, freedom, shelter, protection, refuge, final end, the subduing of pride (or ‘intoxication’), elimination of thirst, cutting off of the round (of rebirth), empty, very hard to obtain.

I have deep respect for these teachings and historical roots of incense tradition that bring humanity into harmony and Beyond.

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