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Surangama Mantra/Dharani

Postby Jikan » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:07 pm

I know the Surangama Dharani is recited extensively in Ch'an. I've heard it said that it's also practiced in some Korean and Japanese contexts. Does anyone know where or when this is so outside of Chinese-language schools, that is, where & how it has been transmitted?

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Re: Surangama Mantra/Dharani

Postby Will » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:49 pm

Shasta Abbey, the Soto Zen branch in Northern California, has among their many ceremonies an English translation of the Shurangama Mantra. You might write someone there to get details of the mantra's use in Japanese Zen. http://www.shastaabbey.org/pdf/scriptureShurangama.pdf
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Re: Surangama Mantra/Dharani

Postby Jikan » Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:01 pm

That's fantastic. Thanks, Will.

The reason I was asking is in part for reasons related to practice (I have an easier time with the Japanese way of pronouncing ancient Chinese syllables than the contemporary Chinese way... if only because I have more practice with it).

I'm also eager to learn how this teaching has been transmitted as a matter of historical interest.

I'll take a close look at the Shasta Abbey version...
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Re: Surangama Mantra/Dharani

Postby Seishin » Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:50 pm

Probably a bit late in replying here, but recently found this http://onedropzendo.org/sutras/SogenjiSutrabook.pdf
Scroll down to Ryogon Gyo, which is the Shurangama Sutra/Dharani. At least, I think it is :thinking:
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Re: Surangama Mantra/Dharani

Postby Will » Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:55 pm

The valuable commentary on the mantra by Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua has come out recently, in Chinese. Whether it is the full commentary on all the verses I do not know. But if anyone reads Chinese I would like to know that.

http://www.bttsonline.org/product.aspx?pid=347
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