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The Great Compassion Dharani
« on: September 13, 2015, 10:43:34 am »
There are many versions of the Great Compassion Dharani and this post is about the dharani from "Thousand-Handed and Thousand-Eyed Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva's Vast, Perfect, Unimpeded, Great-Compassionate Heart Dharani Sutra".

Here is a cartoon in Mandarin with English subtitle about this sutra which tells the story about this dharani and its power. At the end of the cartoon, the dharani was sung in a song in Sanskrit pronunciation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXU_LZQ5_S4

I found another clip on Youtube and I use it to learn how to recite it in Sanskrit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ney2XBsuPMA

And here is a rough transcript:
Namo ratna-trayāya!  Namo āryā valokite śvarāya,
Bodhi-sattvāya Mahā-sattvāya Mahā-kārunikāya!
Om sarva-raviye śudhanadasya namas kritvā imam āryā valokite śvara ramdhava
Namo narakindi hrih Mahā-vat-svāme Sarva-arthato-śubham ajeyam
Sarva-sat Namo-vasat Namo-vāka mavitāto
Tadyathā: Om avaloki-lokate-krate-e-hrih Mahā-bodhisattva
Sarva sarva Mala mala Mahima-hridayam
Kuru kuru karmam Dhuru dhuru vijayate Mahā-vijayate
Dhara dhara dhrini-śvarāya cala cala Mama vimala muktele
Ehi ehi śina śina ārsam prasali viśva viśam prasaya
Hulu hulu mara Hulu hulu hrih Sara sara siri siri suru suru
Bodhiya Bodhiya Bodhaya Bodhaya
Maitreya narakindi dhriśnina
bhayamāna svāhā!
Siddhāya svāhā!
Mahā siddhāya svāhā!
Siddha-yoge śvarāya svāhā!
Narakindi svāhā! Mara-nāra svāhā!
śira simha-mukhāya svāhā!
Sarva mahā-asiddhāya svāhā!
Cakra-asiddhāya svāhā!
Padma-kastāya svāhā!
Narakindi-vagalāya svāhā!
Mavari-śankharāya svāhā!
Namo ratna-trayāya! Namo āryā valokite śvarāya svāhā!
Om Sidhyantu mantra padāya svāhā!

I was told the dharani was mostly calling on various buddhas and bodhisattvas.


Here the dharani is sung in Mandarin transliteration. The dharani is starting at 3.02, before that it is the vow associated with this dharani:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0cRX8Q7dfc

Here is the vow sourced form Wikipedia and the vow is normally said before reciting the dharani:
Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, May I quickly know all Dharmas;
Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, May I soon obtain the Wisdom Eye;
Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, May I quickly ferry all living beings (to the shore of liberation);
Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, May I soon obtain virtuous skillful means (to enlighten various living beings);
Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, May I quickly board the Prajna Boat;
Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, May I soon transcend the ocean of suffering;
Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, May I quickly achieve precepts, Samadhi and the Way;
Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, May I soon ascend the mountain of Nirvana;
Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, May I quickly dwell in the house of non-action;
Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, May I soon unite with the Dharma-Nature Body.

If I go towards the mountain of knives, the mountain of knives of itself breaks up;
If I go towards the boiling oil, the boiling oil of itself dries up;
If I go towards the hells, the hells of themselves disappear;
If I go towards the hungry ghosts, the hungry ghosts of themselves become full.
If I go towards the Asuras, their evil thoughts of themselves are tamed.
If I go towards the animals, they themselves attain great wisdom.

p.s. Some would say Dharani and Mantra are the same things, others say one is shorter and the other is longer. I have no opinion on this!
願生西方淨土中 九品蓮花為父母 花開見佛悟無生 不退菩薩為伴侶

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Re: The Great Compassion Dharani
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2015, 03:27:44 pm »
One of the links in my original post is no longer working. :bigtears: Here is an update:

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Here is a cartoon in Mandarin with English subtitle about this sutra which tells the story about this dharani and its power. At the end of the cartoon, the dharani was sung in a song in Sanskrit pronunciation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOHgq-uudbY
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願生西方淨土中 九品蓮花為父母 花開見佛悟無生 不退菩薩為伴侶

 


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