Recording of the Thousand Hands Sutra, in English

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The English lectures on the Thousand Hands Sutra concluded last Thursday with a summary lecture over the last part of the book. I’m going to be traveling for a bit, so I won’t have time to record that lecture right away, but when I return, I’ll record another three lectures and cover the last section of this Sutra. I hope this has been helpful, and a learning experience!


Below is a link to a recording of the full sutra, without commentary.

The Thousand Hands Sutra, Week 7


I realized that I forgot to post the recording for the seventh week of this series of talks, so here it is. This was a fun one, so I hope you enjoy it!


My one mind is the Bodhisattva of
Compassion, so I return to my one mind
and rely upon it.

If I entrust everything I’m searching for
to my one mind,
I will realize that the path I seek is in
everything around me,
and inherently “I” does not exist,
so there is no need to obtain something else.
I will find the one who says
there is no need to obtain something else.

My one mind is the Bodhisattva of
Compassion, so I return to my one mind
and rely upon it.

“Living” “Dying”
Such things are not my true essence.
Thus I will achieve one mind,
which transcends all distinctions
such as realms of the living and the dead.

My one mind is the Bodhisattva of
Compassion, so I return to my one mind
and rely upon it.

Virtue, precepts, and actions in harmony
with the Dharma
are all done through mind.
I vow to attain these without delay.

My one mind is the Bodhisattva of
Compassion, so I return to my one mind
and rely upon it.

One mind,
the Way that isn’t a fixed path,
it’s inherent brightness is never troubled
by birth and death.
I vow to realize one mind without delay.

My one mind is the Bodhisattva of
Compassion, so I return to my one mind
and rely upon it.

Let me know that all Buddhas exist
within my one mind,
the place where enlightenment is attained.

My one mind hears and answers
all the cries of the world,
so I return to my one mind and rely upon it.

The Thousand Hands Sutra, Week 10, The Great Compassion Dharani

each leaf is hand made
(each leaf is hand made)

This weeks Dharma talk is about the core of the Thousand Hands Sutra, the Great Compassion Dharani. It’s a truly wonderful poem, and even more impressive teaching as well as signpost for which direction we need to go. This dharani has been popular across asia, and it was said that reciting it would bring blessings and protection from evil. I think you’ll agree that deeply inputing this within us would certainly bring good things!


The Great Compassion Dharani
The profound ability within me
is awakened not by words,
but by the determination to save all
I and my true self,
together as one.
At this stage freely coming and going
without a trace,
able to apply great unshakable wisdom,
using it without the least hindrance.
As vast as an ocean,
truly understand what this means.
Like quietly flowing water,
may my heart always flow towards one
All things
arising or disappearing,
coming or going
are done through the foundation.

With a quietly flowing mind,
I will become one with my foundation.

The sound of our reciting
spreads throughout all realms.
Hearing this, may the one mind of all
Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
look after us.

Please guide me so that my mind
becomes one with the mind of all

With the wisdom of the eye that’s not an eye,
please make this happen
and look after me.
Without eyes
keep watching and watching,
diligently watching.
Going and going,
changing and changing,
meeting this great truth of emptiness
all suffering and disasters
fall away
and disappear

Deluded thoughts of every kind,
when entrusted to our great unshakeable
will all melt away,
will all melt away.

Through mind, determination, and
let me brighten and deepen my wisdom
and realize this great unshakable mind.

May the bright eye of wisdom
fill the universe with light
shining brightly, illuminating all.

May all beings
become one, become one
one with all Buddhas
one mind, one mind
one body, one body.

May all beings
escape together
escape from suffering
and become free.

May I see the world as it truly is.

May I awaken to the great reality.
May I uphold the principles of the unseen
realms, as well as the rules of society.

May I become one hand.

May I let go of my greed and desire.

May I develop the power to dissolve
all habits of the body.

May I develop great spiritual ability
and take care of the nation.

May I realize that all spirits of the dead
though shapeless and unseen,
are not separate from this realm of form
and matter.

May everything that arises in my life
surrender and follow my inherent nature.

All Buddhas,
may ten thousand flowers bloom,
and ten thousand fruits ripen.
Let me know their true taste!
(repeated three times)