The Great Compassion Mantra (In Sanskrit)
OM MANI PADME HUM Lecture Given by Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua
OM MANI PADME HUM
Homage to the Lord Master of Healing
The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra
The Sutra of The Vast, Great, Perfect, Full, Unimpeded Great Compassion Heart Dharani of the Thousand - Handed, Thousand - Eyed Bodhisattva Who Regards The World's Sounds
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The present edition has been revised to serve the needs of devotees, in particular the English speaking Buddhists.
The Chinese Phonetic System (Han-yu-pin yin) has been adopted to Romanize the Chinese texts. However, the four basic tone-graphs are omitted for mantras and chants and where necessary, tone-graphs are indicated for actual pronunciation.
This book has on numerous occasions been known to have averted unpleasant encounters as well as to accord blessings, success and happiness to devotees who have kept a copy in their car, handbag, by personally carrying one, placing a copy beside a baby cot or bedside of one who is sick. The list is endless.
The Great Compassion Heart is vast, great, perfect, full and unimpeded in its ability to relieve our suffering and save us from distress. The Compassion Dharani can deliver us from suffering.
-The Dharani Sutra -
A devotee was suffering for many days due to a tiny bone lodged in her throat. She was believed of this unpleasant when she sincerely resolved to reprint the Great Compassion Dharani for free distribution.
The Great Compassion Dharani is also known to have healed a cancer patient when his son fervently mantra a glass of water 108 times for him to drink.
You should know that the reward of blessings and virtue that accrue to one who accepts and holds the mantra are inconceivable.
- The Dharani Sutra -
Therefore, devotees should commit to memory the Great Compassion Heart Dharani. One can conveniently master it by memorizing it line by line. In this way, the whole mantra could be easily remembered and fluently recited. It will become a useful and handy dharma tool which can be put to good use at any time of the day, on any occasion, without any limitation.
To uphold and master the Great Compassion Heart Dharani Dharma-door, one should diligently and sincerely recite this mantra daily. One can recite it 3 times or 5 times, or even 108 times or any number of times according to one's convenience and suitability.
... To recite it a full five times in one evening is to wipe away your heavy offences of hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of millions of aeons of birth and death.
- The Dharani Sutra -
A thousand eyes observe,
A thousand ears hear all,
A thousand hands help and support
Living beings everywhere.
- Ven. Master Hsuan Hua -
The recollection of one's thoughts or the concentration or mindfulness one is able to formulate in one's own mind during one's recitation is of very great importance. One should single-mindedly perform one's recitation. A proper understanding of this prerequisite is very essential in order to sincerely maintain a proper frame of mind during the recitation of Sutras and mantras.
As one begins one's chanting with the Incense Praise or Verse of Salutation to the Triple Jewel, likewise, one should also recite the Verse of Transference as a conclusion to one's chanting, offerings or performance of meritorious deeds in order to universally share all the merits and virtue accrued there from with all sentient beings throughout the Dharma realms.
"The world is filled with black energy; black karma envelops us. In any place where there are true cultivators, the disasters in that place will be lessened. If many people come together to cultivate, their collective strength can dispel these disasters and counteract the plunders and invisibly eradicate this noxious, evil energy and transform it into harmonious and auspicious energy. But first, both feet must be firmly planted on the ground, and then one must realistically cultivate according to the Buddha's teachings.
Everyone should bring forth his or her true heart in reciting the Buddha's name. For every time you recite the Buddha's name, a ray of light fills up the universe, so that the energy of three thousand great thousand worlds will be auspicious and harmonious and the atmosphere of violence, defilement, and disaster will be dispelled and transformed"
- Venerable Master Hsuan Hua (Amitabha Buddha Recitation Session, 1980)
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