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)






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