The Shurangama Dharani

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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:10 pm

What commentary are you referring to?

I am just guessing, but often mantra letters are visualized while chanting, sometimes the letters are in motion, in a circle.

Sorry to be of no real help.
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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby remm » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:38 pm

If he's talking about Master Hua's commentary, then he is referring to the english translation of commentaries to the Shurangama Mantra. There is a small post about this online which I can find if I dig it up, otherwise this is a secret text that doesn't circulate outside of the circle of monastics and few laypeople who know this esoteric practice of the shurangama mantra.

And the visualization for this is picturing the letters beneath a white canopy adorned with jewels. I have the picture, if you want it, please PM me.

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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:39 am

The first in a series of five parts on the mantra, published in Oct. 2007, in Vajra Bodhi Sea:

http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 49p028.pdf
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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:23 am

The second in a series of five parts on the mantra, published in Nov. 2007, in Vajra Bodhi Sea:

http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 50p027.pdf
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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:40 pm

Much, but not all, of Master Hua's verses on & commentary on the mantra are found online at the Vajra Bodhi Sea site. Here is the earliest article I could find. It will be followed by every other one that is online. Each article, excepting some introductory ones, will focus on one line of the Shurangama Mantra. If anyone has the missing issues of VBS and can fill in the gaps from the online versions, please add them in this thread.

http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/101_132/vbs131/131_4.htm
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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:45 pm

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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:39 am

Issue 138 touches on the benefits of the Heart of the mantra:

http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 8p017e.pdf
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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:04 pm

The first line and Master Hua's verse on it, with more commentary on both; from Vajra Bodhi Sea Dec. 1981, #139.

http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 9p017e.pdf
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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:45 pm

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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Lhasa » Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:33 pm

Do we need transmission to use this mantra?

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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:51 pm

Lhasa wrote:Do we need transmission to use this mantra?


Nope.
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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Lhasa » Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:33 pm

:thanks:

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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:54 am

Earlier in this thread I suggested this book about experiences with the mantra. BTTS, the publisher, changed their website, so that old link is dead. Try looking for this book in Chinese/English -- Cosmic Magic Syllables Save the World

The current link has Chinese characters mixed in the URL, so it does not work.
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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:43 am

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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:25 pm

Will wrote:The second in a series of five parts on the mantra, published in Nov. 2007, in Vajra Bodhi Sea:

http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 50p027.pdf


Here is part 3 by Wang Qingnan PhD, from January 2008 issue, #452:

http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 52p032.pdf

Now part 4: http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 53p035.pdf

Part 5, section one: http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 54p033.pdf

Part 5, final part - go to bottom page, 37: http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 54p035.pdf
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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:24 pm

Line 10: http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 8p010e.pdf

Line 11: http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 9p007e.pdf

Line 12: http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 007e-1.pdf

Line 13: http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 1p006e.pdf

Line 14: http://www.drbachinese.org/vbs/publish/ ... 2p010e.pdf

To memorize this huge mantra of over 500 lines, Master Hua says to get one line memorized perfectly, and only then move on to the next line. Do not think of the size and sigh 'it is too vast'.
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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:44 am

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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Kaji » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:37 pm

Quick fact that I have recently come across (sorry if this has been mentioned in one of the links): practising the Shurangama Dharani is best done if you are a vegetarian who does not eat or take:
- Meat, obviously
- Eggs - even better if you are vegan
- Alcohol
- Intoxicating substances
- Parivyaya, which includes garlic, garlic chives, onion, spring onion, shallot
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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Wed Aug 29, 2012 3:49 pm

Kaji wrote:Quick fact that I have recently come across (sorry if this has been mentioned in one of the links): practising the Shurangama Dharani is best done if you are a vegetarian who does not eat or take:
- Meat, obviously
- Eggs - even better if you are vegan
- Alcohol
- Intoxicating substances
- Parivyaya, which includes garlic, garlic chives, onion, spring onion, shallot


Diet is helpful, but like practicing Dharma in general, precept-based virtue is far more important.

Here is a book giving some lay folks experience with the Dharani:

http://www.bttsonline.org/chinese-and-english-books-中英文書籍/cosmic-magic-syllables-save-the-world-天地靈文救世界-english/chinese-中英雙語/
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Re: The Shurangama Dharani

Postby Kaji » Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:00 pm

Will wrote:Diet is helpful, but like practicing Dharma in general, precept-based virtue is far more important.

Here is a book giving some lay folks experience with the Dharani:

http://www.bttsonline.org/chinese-and-english-books-中英文書籍/cosmic-magic-syllables-save-the-world-天地靈文救世界-english/chinese-中英雙語/

I agree - precept-based virtue is extremely important. Eating vegetarian while continuing to kill lives wouldn't get one very far.

Interesting, the Cundi mantra is explicitly stated to be suitable even for people who continue to eat meat, drink alcohol and have a sexual partner. It is taught that it is a skillful means by the Bodhisattva to cater for people who are in a transitional state to become even better.
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