March 24, 2017

Shurangama Mantra 楞嚴心咒

Shurangama Mantra 楞嚴心咒

Shurangama Mantra In Sanskrit - Buddhist Monks Chanting Remove Negative Energy and Banish Evil

The Shurangama Mantra , 古梵音楞嚴咒 (房山石經) is a dharaṇi or long mantra of Buddhist practice in China, Japan and Korea. 
Although relatively unknown in modern Tibet, there are several Shurangama Mantra texts in the Tibetan Buddhist canon. It is associated with Tangmi and Shingon Buddhism.

The Mantra was according to the opening chapter of the Śūraṅgama Sūtra, historically transmitted by Gautama Buddha to Manjusri to protect Ananda before he had become an arhat. It was again spoken by the Buddha before an assembly of monks and lay adherents.
Like the popular six-syllable mantra Om mani padme hum, and the Nilakaṇṭha Dharaṇi, the Shurangama mantra is synonymous with practices of Avalokiteśvara, an important bodhisattva in both East Asian Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism.

The Shurangama Mantra also extensively references Buddhist deities such as the bodhisattvas Manjusri, Mahākāla, Sitatapatra Vajrapani and the Five Dhyani Buddhas, especially Bhaisajyaguru. It is often used for protection, remove negative energy and banish evil or purification for meditators and is considered to be part of Shingon Buddhism in Japan.

Buddhist Tibetan Monks Chanting Shurangama mantra for Healing, Remove Negative Energy and Banish Evil.

Shurangama in Sanskrit - Revised

Shurangama Mantra BPZC 2015 03 18

Master Hsu Yun - Shurangama Mantra
虛雲老和尚 - 楞嚴咒

Bow to Master Hsu Yun!

The Shurangama Mantra is from Chapter 7 in the Shurangama Sutra. The word 'Shurangama' has the meaning 'absolutely firm and solid.' In China, this Sutra is considered one of the most important Sutras. It is said: "to become a Buddha requires the Dharma Flower Sutra; to develop one's wisdom requires the Shurangama Sutra."

As long as the Shurangama Sutra exists in this world, the demons from the heavens and the externalists will be afraid to show themselves. Unfortunately, the Shurangama Sutra will be the first to disappear in the Dharma-ending Age. 

There are many Westerners who love to chant the Shurangama Mantra. Not only do they like to chant the Shurangama Mantra, they are even able to recite it from memory! 

Master Hsu Yun was a Chan Buddhist master(禪宗) and one of the most influential Buddhist teachers of the 19th and 20th centuries. He is often noted for his unusually long lifespan, having allegedly lived to age 119.

During the twelfth lunar month, on the third evening of the eighth week of his meditation session, after having six hours of sitting meditation, the attendant made his rounds, filling up the tea cups. 

Master Hsu Yun's hand was burned by spilling boiling water, and his cup fell to the floor. At the sound of the crash, the root of his doubt was instantly severed. He was joyous beyond words at having fulfilled his lifelong ambition. It was as if he had just awakened from a dream, and he observed how the conditions of the past unravel.

Hsu's verse explanation says:
A cup fell to the ground
With a sound clearly heard.
As space was pulverised,
The mad mind came to a stop.

楞嚴咒是最長的咒, 是咒中之王. 



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