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Dharani and Sutra Recitation for Practitioners
Here we share Mahayana Buddhist dharani and sutra texts that should be helpful for all wisdom seekers and practitioners of internal training.
By dharani we mean any spiritually transformative piece of Buddhist speech or text which, unlike mantra, has esoteric memory carrying properties that help to actualize the Bodhisattva path in future rebirths. Dharani is a spiritual device that transforms the storehouse consciousness (alaya) to recognize Buddhist teachings such as the correct view of Dharma and the altruistic bodhicitta motivation. This is especially helpful because spiritual powers based upon concentration and meditation aren't transferrable to other lifetimes (or other living beings either), so having a strong karmic link to teachings and having the motivation to practice helps to reacquire them. By sutra we mean discourse or teaching spoken by the Buddha, but in this context we mean that reciting the entire text itself provides some clearly defined esoteric result.
No promotion of other esoteric functions or more detailed study of texts is allowed besides mentioning the benefits and a brief general introduction. Discussion about the recitation practice and its results is encouraged.
For a related discussion about the other types of esoteric practices and mantra work, please see here:
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This topic is chiefly intended for people interested in Buddhism, but anyone can freely recite the texts for their stated benefits. However, it would be optimal if the practitioner took refuge in the Three Jewels — Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha — before reciting and then dedicated the merits of the recitation to all sentient beings for the sake of everyone realizing perfect and complete Buddhahood. The act of dedication is charity which amplifies spiritual purification, so there is no actual loss involved in case anyone is concerned about such self-cherishing illusions.
First, the practitioners should have strongly founded confidence that the dharani and sutra recitation is helpful and will produce the actual benefit which the texts themselves claim. Otherwise, it might be difficult to keep up the motivation because recitation practice is supposed to give results over time. Second, it's noteworthy that having a closed heart or entertaining angry moods would most probably affect how the results are able to manifest in one's life, so adjust your attitude towards loving-kindness accordingly: Try to embody acceptance and especially gentle patience for all that is beyond your immediate concern. Third, it's always better if you learn all your text recitation practices from a Buddhist teacher directly: Traditional teacher might even be able to give oral transmissions which bestow extra blessings.
Ushnisha Vijaya Dharani
This dharani is historically renown because of its power and applicability. According to my research it has a lot of potential synergy for many types of internal practice, so you could for example do it before or after your favorite qigong routine and see how they complement each other. There are no other cautions with this dharani except that practicing it a lot will likely result in karma ripening faster and in a fairly innocent manner: The karmic seed of a serious illness might become a headache lasting few days, etc. The dharani is supposed to have some healing qualities also and hasten the elimination of bad fortune in general. For more information, you could read the original sutra text containing the dharani.
The Sanskrit version of the Ushnisha Vijaya Dharani is easily available, so I decided to include here a Tibetan pseudo-Sanskrit transliteration which should be easier to pronounce for many people because of its simplified phonetics.
Tibetan pseudo-Sanskrit version of Ushnisha Vijaya Dharani
NAMO BHAGAWATE TRAILOKAYA
OM BISHUDDHAYA BISHUDDHAYA
SAMANTA WABHASA SPHARANA GATI GAHANA
SWABHAWA BISHUDDHE ABHINSINCHATU MAM
SUGATA WARA WACHANA
MAHA MANTRA PADAI
AHARA AHARA AYU SAMDHARANI
SHODHAYA SHODHAYA GAGANA BISHUDDHE
USHNISHA BIJAYA BISHUDDHE
SAHARA RASMI SAMCHODITE
SARWA TATHAGATA AWALOKANI
SAT PARAMITA PARIPURANI
MATI DASA BHUMI PRATISTHITE
SARWA TATHAGATA HRIDAYA
MAHA MUDRE BADZRA KAYA
SARWA BARANA APAYA DURGATI
PARI BISHUDDHE PRATINIBARTAYA
AYU SHUDDHE SAMAYA ADHISTHITE
MANI MANI MAHA MANI
TATHATA BHUTA KOTI PARI SHUDDHE
BISPHUTA BUDDHI SHUDDHE
JAYA JAYA BIJAYA BIJAYA
MARA MARA SARWA BUDDHA ADHISTHITA SHUDDHE
BADZRI BADZRA GARBHE BADZRAM
BHAWATU MAMA SARIRAM
SARWA SATTO NAMCHA
KAYA PARI BISHUDDHE
SARWA GATI PARI SHUDDHE
SARWA TATHAGATA SAMASWASA ADHISTHITE
BUDDHYA BUDDHYA BIBUDDHYA BIBUDDHYA
BODHAYA BODHAYA BIBODHAYA BIBODHAYA
SAMANTA PARI SHUDDHE
SARWA TATHAGATA HRIDAYA
MAHA MUDRE SOHA