Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Postby Lotus415 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:42 am

I was curious if anyone could identify which dharani this is? There is sanskrit and chinese, but a search for the Sanskrit did not bring any results besides more Chinese pages.


http://www.fomen123.com/fo/baoqieyin/zhouyu/7205.html

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Re: Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Postby plwk » Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:56 am

See this
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Re: Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Postby Lotus415 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:58 am

Thanks! The Casket Seal Dharani, like so many others, doesn't seem well known outside of the Sinosphere. I have actually been meaning to read up on Casket Seal Dharani more lately, so this is a pleasant surprize. Thanks for the quick response! Amituofo!
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Re: Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Postby Kaji » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:19 am

Lotus415 wrote:Thanks! The Casket Seal Dharani, like so many others, doesn't seem well known outside of the Sinosphere. I have actually been meaning to read up on Casket Seal Dharani more lately, so this is a pleasant surprize. Thanks for the quick response! Amituofo!

This version of the dharani is the one that I have chosen to chant.

Coming from a Chinese background, I often have no idea that certain popular practices in Chinese Buddhism are nowhere as widely practised in English-speaking communities.

I personally find the Casket Seal Dharani to be so good that I have made a vow to uphold it and to one day become one with it. I believe it adds to my nienfo practice, as using this dharani one is also contemplating ALL Buddha, including Amitabha. In the sutra it is specifically said that this dharani can grant rebirth to any Buddha's pure land - how great is that?

And the Casket Seal Dharani method can be so easy. If you don't want to chant the dharani or the sutra, no problem - build a Casket Seal Dharani Stupa, walk around it or make offerings to it in a proper way and you already reap incredible benefits. They include worldly benefits - health, wealth, career, a good husband/wife, children... just to name a few. And what's more - "all wishes will be fulfilled"!

It sounds a bit too-good-to-be-true, right? Yeah, I thought so too, but it's spoken by the Buddha and written in the sutra. Its too-good-to-be-true'ness is, I think, on the same level as Amitabha's vows. If you believe in Western Pure Land practice why can't you believe in the Casket Seal Dharani Sutra?

Anyway, glad to meet a fellow Buddhist who likes this dharani.
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Re: Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Postby Devotionary » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:12 pm

Kaji wrote:
Lotus415 wrote:
And the Casket Seal Dharani method can be so easy. If you don't want to chant the dharani or the sutra, no problem - build a Casket Seal Dharani Stupa, walk around it or make offerings to it in a proper way and you already reap incredible benefits. They include worldly benefits - health, wealth, career, a good husband/wife, children... just to name a few. And what's more - "all wishes will be fulfilled"!



Anyway, glad to meet a fellow Buddhist who likes this dharani.
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May I ask, are there instructions for making a stupa either in Chinese or English? Thanks!
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Re: Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Postby Kaji » Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:53 am

Devotionary wrote:May I ask, are there instructions for making a stupa either in Chinese or English? Thanks!

I know of two types of Casket Seal stupa - the five-element style and the Ashoka style. The below linked materials are all in Chinese. If anyone who cannot read Chinese would like a summarised translation for any text, let me know and I'll try my best to help.

Re the five-element style:

Part of a series of blog posts on the Casket Seal Dharani:
http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_608185ad0100e7in.html
http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_608185ad0100e7it.html

A Taiwanese Buddhist's personal experience of building a stupa:
http://www.shixiu.org/thread-8305-1-1.html

Re the Ashoka style:

http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%AE%9D% ... F%E5%A1%94

http://www.ucchusma.net/sitatapatra/bud ... utra_7.htm

General information:

http://baike.baidu.com/view/686518.htm

http://www.edupro.org/eduplog/index.php ... &blogId=28
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Re: Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Postby Devotionary » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:35 am

Kaji wrote:
Devotionary wrote:May I ask, are there instructions for making a stupa either in Chinese or English? Thanks!

I know of two types of Casket Seal stupa - the five-element style and the Ashoka style. The below linked materials are all in Chinese. If anyone who cannot read Chinese would like a summarised translation for any text, let me know and I'll try my best to help.

Re the five-element style:

Part of a series of blog posts on the Casket Seal Dharani:
http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_608185ad0100e7in.html
http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_608185ad0100e7it.html

A Taiwanese Buddhist's personal experience of building a stupa:
http://www.shixiu.org/thread-8305-1-1.html

Re the Ashoka style:

http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%AE%9D% ... F%E5%A1%94

http://www.ucchusma.net/sitatapatra/bud ... utra_7.htm

General information:

http://baike.baidu.com/view/686518.htm

http://www.edupro.org/eduplog/index.php ... &blogId=28


From what I see, all we need to do is make any style of stupa, and then just put the mantra inside? No need to invite a Dharma Master to preside over the building? Is it really that simple? (I fear my understanding is not enough...)
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Re: Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Postby Kaji » Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:21 am

Devotionary wrote:From what I see, all we need to do is make any style of stupa, and then just put the mantra inside? No need to invite a Dharma Master to preside over the building? Is it really that simple? (I fear my understanding is not enough...)

This is how I see it. If you could take the stupa to a Dharma Master at a temple for a blessing/empowerment, great. You may also want to ask him/her to bless/empower the written/printed sutra or mantra before you place it in the stupa.

An alternative is to ask for some Great Compassion Dharani water and at your own home cleanse the stupa before you place the sutra/mantra inside.

Failing that, I see no problem with trying to cleanse/bless/empower the stupa yourself by e.g. reciting the mantra itself, and/or some other mantra if you want, like the Great Compassion Dharani or even Om Mani Padme Huum.
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Re: Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Postby Devotionary » Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:13 pm

Kaji wrote:
Devotionary wrote:From what I see, all we need to do is make any style of stupa, and then just put the mantra inside? No need to invite a Dharma Master to preside over the building? Is it really that simple? (I fear my understanding is not enough...)

This is how I see it. If you could take the stupa to a Dharma Master at a temple for a blessing/empowerment, great. You may also want to ask him/her to bless/empower the written/printed sutra or mantra before you place it in the stupa.

An alternative is to ask for some Great Compassion Dharani water and at your own home cleanse the stupa before you place the sutra/mantra inside.

Failing that, I see no problem with trying to cleanse/bless/empower the stupa yourself by e.g. reciting the mantra itself, and/or some other mantra if you want, like the Great Compassion Dharani or even Om Mani Padme Huum.


Sometimes, with all of the attention to proper ritual procedures, ceremonies, chants, etc that some schools practice, I think to myself: "If it's simple and if it's done by me, it probably won't work; even with the proper intention, if this-and-this material is not selected on such-and-such a day, then the Dharma words will have no power."

So yeah, off-topic, but upon reading the sutra, it IS that simple!

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Re: Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Postby Kaji » Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:46 am

Devotionary wrote:Sometimes, with all of the attention to proper ritual procedures, ceremonies, chants, etc that some schools practice, I think to myself: "If it's simple and if it's done by me, it probably won't work; even with the proper intention, if this-and-this material is not selected on such-and-such a day, then the Dharma words will have no power."

So yeah, off-topic, but upon reading the sutra, it IS that simple!

Thanks for the info.

From what I understand, the more accomplished someone is in the Threefold Training, the more powerful are his/her rituals, chanting, mantra, etc. If you have access to one such person, great, request the service from him/her. If you don't, you'd just have to make do yourself. I understand the key is your sincerity and compassion.

If you refer to the Great Compassion Dharani Sutra, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva taught us the ten hearts of the dharani:
"It is the great merciful and compassionate heart, the impartial heart, the motionless heart, the unpolluted and unattached heart, the emptiness-observing heart, the respectful heart, the humble heart, the uncluttered heart, the non-view and non-grasping heart, and the uppermost Bodhi-Heart. You should know that such hearts are the feature and characteristics of this Dharani, you should practice according to them."

I think this not only applies to one's chanting of the Great Compassion Dharani, but in all dharani/mantra practice. Perhaps you could give this a try when you use your Casket Seal Dharani and stupa.
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Re: Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Postby Kaji » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:04 pm

I've just come across this forum post (in Chinese):
http://www.bskk.com/forum.php?mod=viewt ... pos=1&ext=
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Re: Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Postby Devotionary » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:44 am

Kaji wrote:I've just come across this forum post (in Chinese):
http://www.bskk.com/forum.php?mod=viewt ... pos=1&ext=


Seems like the thread isnt working...
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Re: Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Postby Kaji » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:01 am

Do you mean the link isn't working for you?

Here is an extract of the text that might be relevant to your interest (sorry to those who cannot read Chinese):

恭制宝箧印塔应选用的如法材料.

首先,据世尊在大正新修大藏经,乾隆大藏经和杭州雷锋塔出土的宝箧印陀罗尼经里的明确开示,恭制宝箧印塔应选用的如法材料,是只有金银铜土石木这六种的.在这个版本的宝箧印陀罗尼经中,除了这六种材料以外,在整篇经文里,再也没有提及有其它随力所办的材料可造宝箧印塔的.

其 次,在大正新修大藏经里收录的另一个版本的宝箧印陀罗尼经里,世尊先是重点开示,恭制宝箧印塔应选用的如法材料,有金银铜铅土石木这七种.在余下的经文 中,则 有"若复有人,为种善根,随分造塔,或泥或砖,随力所办"的开示.其实,世尊在这两段上下承接的经文里,已经明确告知大众,适合恭制宝箧印塔的首选材料, 就是 金银铜铅土石木这七种,其它如泥砖之类随力所办的所有材料,都是不及这七种材料如法殊胜的.大家都清楚,世尊在所有经典里的开示,都是字字千金的,都是多一字则嫌拖沓,少一字则不完美的.假如其它的材料,都与金银铜铅土石木这七种材料一样如法殊胜的话,那世尊又何必要在前面要对以上七种材料作一大段的重点开示呢?

依据两个不同版本的宝箧印经典,我们都可以确定,适合造此宝箧印塔的材料,有金,银,铜,土,石,木这六种(或金银铜铅土石木这七种).如果选用其它材料,都是不及这六种(或七种)材料如法殊胜的..

宝塔迎请回家后应当如何安置和供养: 宝塔的安置:

如果家中设有佛堂,应将宝塔安置在佛堂中央,其他佛像、菩萨法像以及其他天神围绕在此塔周围;
如果家中没有佛堂,或者住于公共宿舍,可将宝塔安置于能使自己和别人产生尊敬感的合适位置.平时可用布把宝塔遮盖好,供养礼拜时,把布取走。
如果宝塔是用易碎材料造的,安置的位置要特别小心,要绝对避免任何产生碰撞的可能性.因为,此类宝塔,稍一碰撞就会崩毁,此乃出佛身血,非同小可,千万不要为自己和他人造成落地狱的惨烈果报!

宝塔的供养:

供养是供给资养之意,是我们积聚无量功德非常殊胜的方式.供品主要是清水,香和鲜花,此外还有水果等等.这些都依各自的实际条件而为之,不是一定要价钱高,数量多.最主要的是要有至诚恭敬之心.如果我们出门在外,或者其它的原因,没有条件供养,可以观想供养,都是很殊胜的.

礼拜和右绕宝塔:

礼拜宝塔是人们表达对诸佛皈依和感恩的方式。
第一种,问讯合掌、鞠躬。
第二种,礼拜,以表达佛弟子心中最虔诚的礼敬。礼拜时,要恭敬虔诚的发愿。
如 果在礼拜时加上以下观想则有更大的功德:我以往无量劫中的父亲在我右边,我以往无量劫中的母亲在我左边,儿女眷属在后,一切冤仇障类在前,此无量劫数的父 母冤亲眷属,以及十方法界所有众生,均在我的四周,围绕着宝塔,和我一齐礼拜,愿他们和我一起以此善缘,脱离生死苦海,早日成就佛道!
在农历的每月初八、十四、十五、二十三、二十九、三十,最好能够请出宝塔供在房屋中间,然后围着宝塔慢步右绕三圈或七圈,数量越多越好。在绕塔过程中,最好是赤脚,可以念诵佛号、咒语、或者是本尊名号。

绕塔的注意事项:

(1)绕塔有五事:一者、低头视地;二者、不得蹈虫;三者、不得左右顾视;四者、不得唾塔前地上;五者、不得中住与人语。
(2)佛言:旋塔有三法:一、足举时当念足举,二、足下时当念足下;三、不得左右顾视唾寺中地。右遶者:经律之中制令右遶,若左遶行为神所呵。……常行三匝者,表供养三尊、止三毒、净三业、灭三恶道、得值三宝故。
(3)旋塔三匝者,表敬三尊:一、佛; 二、法;三、僧。 亦念灭三毒:一、灭贪; 二、灭瞋; 三、灭痴。
( 4 )如果宝塔是用易碎材料造的,绕塔时要特别小心,要绝对避免任何产生碰撞的可能性.因为,此类宝塔,稍一碰撞就会崩毁,此乃出佛身血,非同小可,千万不要为自己和他人造成落地狱的惨烈果报!

如果我们出门在外,或者其它的原因,没有条件礼拜绕塔,可以观想礼拜绕塔,都是很殊胜的.

供塔功德:1、 得净念心。2、得顺法心。3、得惭愧心。4、得见如来。5、发清净心。6、能持正法。7、如说修行。8、得亲近诸佛。9、诸佛国土随意受生。10、若生人 中得念佛心。11、才生人中得念佛心。12、诸魔军众不能脑乱。13、于末法时能护正法。14、常得十方诸佛如来恒加覆护。15、速得成就五分法身。 绕塔功德:1、远离八难。2、具足妙色相。3、获得福命终财宝。4、得为天人师。5、后世得端正好色。6、得好音声。7、得生天上。8、得生王侯家。9、得泥洹道。
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Re: Identify this Dharani? Sanskrit/Chinese

Postby Devotionary » Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:48 pm

Yey! Thanks. The link couldnt be supported by my servers, I think. Thanks for the extract, I really appreciate it. :twothumbsup: :thumbsup: :namaste:
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