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					                             The Shurangama Mantra

Always begin each paragraph verse with the Homage to and the Invocation as shown below:

Om Namo Shurangama Sutra

Verse for Opening a Sutra
        The unsurpassed, profound, and wonderful Shurangama Dharma,
        Is difficult to encounter in hundreds of millions of eons,
        And yet, I now see and hear it, receive and uphold it,
        And I vow to realize the Buddha’s true meaning.

The Great White Canopy Light from the Buddha’s Crown Foremost Spiritual Mantra

Mwo he sa dan dwo Bwo da la

    –    Mwo he sa dan dwo
         Bwo da la two lo ni jou
                 Om Syi Dan Dwo. Bo Da La.

    –    544. Da jr two 545. Nan 546. E na li
         547. Pi she ti 548. Pi la 549. Ba she la
         550. Two li 551. Pan two pan two ni
         552. Ba she la bang ni pan
         553. Hu syin du lu ying pan
         554. Swo pe he


For Immense Memory like Ananda, Chant the 37th Hand and Eye of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, called
the “Jeweled Sutra Hand and Eye”:

“Syi two ye swo pe he, Mwo he syi two ye swo pe he.”
“Nan, E ha la, Sa la wa ni, Ni ye two la, Bu ni di, Sa wa he.”

NOTE WELL: In order to chant this complete Vast Memory Mantra, one must have already Taken Refuge
with the Triple Jewel (Namo Ratna Trayaya), striving to Uphold and Protect the Five Precepts:

1. No killing [must be vegetarian]
2. No stealing or taking that which is not given
3. No sexual misconduct or causing your sexual desire to destroy yours or others relationships
4. No lying [also no harsh speech, no profane speech, no gossip or divisive speech, no frivolous speech]
5. No taking drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes.

Also one must avoid all eggs, 1. garlic, 2, onions, 3. leeks, 4. shallots, 5. chives and 6. hing (asafetida)1,
otherwise, just chant the shorter version of the Memory Mantra:

“Syi two ye swo pe he, Mwo he syi two ye swo pe he”
(which in Sanskrit is “Siddhya swaha, Maha Siddhya swaha” or
“Accomplishment (Success, Achievement, Attainment, Understanding, Insight, Realization),
Great Accomplishment, So Be It” (Auspicious, Swallow and Digest this Mantra, Amen, Blessed Be)




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Shurangama Mantra2
1        Na Mwo    Sa dan two                       Su chye dwo ye                            2
                                                    E la he di                                3
                                                    San myau san pu two sye3 4                4
5        Na Mwo    Sa dan two                       Fwo two jyu jr shai ni shan               6
7        Na Mwo    Sa pe                            Bwo two bwo di                            8
                                                    Sa dwo pi bi                              9
10       Na Mwo    Sa dwo nan                       San myau san pu two                       11
                                                    Jyu jr nan                                12
                                                    Swo she la pe jya                         13
                                                    Seng chye nan                             14
15       Na Mwo    Lu ji e lwo han dwo nan
16       Na Mwo    Su lu dwo bwo nwo nan
17       Na Mwo    Swo jye li two chye mi nan
18       Na Mwo    Lu ji san myau chye dwo nan      San myau chye be la                       19
                                                    di bwo dwo now nan                        20
21       Na Mwo    Ti pe li shai nan
22       Na Mwo    Syi two ye                       Pi di ye                                  23
                                                    Two la li shai nan                        24
                                                    She pwo nu                                25
                                                    Jye la he                                 26
                                                    Swo he swo la mwo two nan                 27
28       Na Mwo    Ba la he mwo ni
29       Na Mwo    Yin two la ye

30       Na Mwo pe chye pe di                       Lu two la ye                              31
                                                    Wu mwo bwo di                             32
                                                    Swo syi ye ye                             33
34       Na Mwo pe chye pe di                       Nwo la ye                                 35
                                                    Na ye                                     36
                                                    Pan je mwo he san mwo two la              37
                                                     Na mwo syi jye li dwo ye                  38
39       Na Mwo pe chye pe di                       Mwo he jya la ye                          40
                                                    Di li bwo la na                           41
                                                    Chye la pi two la                         42
                                                    Bwo na jya la ye                          43
                                                    E di mu di                                44
                                                    Shr mwo she nwo ni                        45
                                                    Pe syi ni                                 46
                                                    Mwo dan li chye na                        47
                                                     Na mwo syi jye li dwo ye                  48
49       Na Mwo pe chye pe di                       Dwo two chye dwo         jyu la ye        50
                                                    Na mwo be tou mwo jyu la ye               51
                                                    Na mwo ba she la         jyu la ye        52
                                                    Na mwo mwo ni            jyu la ye        53
                                                    Na mwo chye she          jyu la ye        54
55       Na Mwo pe chye pe di                       Di li cha                                 56
                                                    Shu la syi na                             57
                                                    Bwo la he la na la she ye                 58
                                                    Dwo two chye dwo ye                       59



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60       Na Mwo pe chye pe di                       Na mwo e mi dwo pe ye                       61
                                                    Dwo two chye dwo ye                         62
                                                    E la he di                                  63
                                                    San myau san pu two ye                      64
65       Na Mwo pe chye pe di                       E chu pi ye                                 66
                                                    Dwo two chye dwo ye                         67
                                                    E la he di                                  68
                                                    San myau san pu two ye                      69
70       Na Mwo pe chye pe di                       Bi sha she ye                               71
                                                    Jyu lu fei ju li ye                         72
                                                    Bwo la pe la she ye                         73
                                                    Dwo two chye dwo ye                         74

75       Na Mwo pe chye pe di
                                                    San bu shr bi dwo                           76
                                                    Sa lyan nai la la she ye                    77
                                                    Dwo two chye dwo ye                         78
                                                    E la he di                                  79
                                                    San myau san pu two ye                      80
81       Na Mwo pe chye pe di                       She ji ye mu nwo ye                         82
                                                    Dwo two chye dwo ye                         83
                                                    E la he di                                  84
                                                    San myau san pu two ye                      85
86       Na Mwo pe chye pe di                       Lan dan na ji du la she ye                  87
                                                    Dwo two chye dwo ye                         88
                                                    E la he di                                  89
                                                    San myau san pu two ye                      90
91       Di pyau
92       Na mwo sa jye li dwo
93       Yi tan pe chye pe dwo
94       Sa dan two chye du shai ni shan
95       Sa dan dwo bwo da lan
96       Na mwo e pe la shr dan
97       Bwo la di
98       Yang chi la
99       Sa la pe
100      Bwo dwo jye la he
101      Ni jye la he
102      Jye jya la he ni

103      Ba la bi di ye
104      Chr two ni                             Five Hearts Mantra5 invoking the Five Buddhas
                                                of the Center, East, West, North and South to
                                                purify food
105      E jye la
106      Mi li ju
107      Bwo li dan la ye
108      Ning jye li
109      Sa la pe                               Ends War
110      Pan two nwo
111      Mu cha ni
112      Sa la pe


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113      Tu shai ja
114      Tu shi fa                               Eradicates nightmares
115      Bwo na ni                               Opens up your Wisdom
116      Fa la ni                                Opens up your Wisdom
117      Je du la
118      Shr di nan
119      Jye la he

120      Swo he sa la              rau she       Pi dwo beng swo       na jye li                 121
                                                 E shai ja bing she di nan                       122
123      Na cha cha dan la         rau she       Bwo la sa two         na jye li                 124
                                                 E shai ja nan                                   125
126      Mwo he jye la he          rau she       Pi dwo beng sa        na jye li                 127
                                                 Sa pe she du lu6                                128
129      Ni pe la                  rau she       Hu lan tu syi fa                                130
                                                 Nan je na she ni                                131
                                                 Pe sha she                                      132
                                                 Syi dan la                                      133
                                                 E ji ni                                         134
135      Wu two jya la             rau she       E bwo la shr dwo jyu la                         136


137      Mwo he         bwo la jan chr
138      Mwo he         dye dwo
139      Mwo he         di she
140      Mwo he         shwei dwo she pe la
141      Mwo he         ba la pan two la


142      Pe shi ni                               E li ye dwo la                                  143
144      Pi li jyu jr                            Shr pe pi she ye                                145


146      Ba she la      mwo li di                Pi she lu dwo                                   147
                                                 Bwo teng wang jya                               148
149      Ba she la      jr he nwo e je           Mwo la jr pe                                    150
                                                 Bwo la jr dwo                                   151
152      Ba she la      shan chr                 Pi she la je                                    153
                                                 Shan dwo she                                    154
                                                 Pi ti pe                                        155
                                                 Bu shr dwo                                      156
                                                 Su mwo lu bwo                                   157
                                                 Mwo he shwei dwo                                158
                                                 E li ye dwo la7                                 159
                                                 Mwo he pe la e bwo la                           160
161      Ba she la      shang jye la jr pe
162      Ba she la      jyu mwo li               Jyu lan two li                                  163
164      Ba she la      he sa dwo je             Pi di ye8                                       165
                                                 Chyan je nwo                                    166
                                                 Mwo li jya                                      167
                                                 Ku su mu                                        168
                                                 Pe jye la dwo nwo                               169
                                                 Pi lu je na                                     170
                                                 Ju li ye9                                       171



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                                                Ye la tu                                        172
                                                Shai ni shan                                    173
                                                Pi je lan pe mwo ni je                          174
175      Ba she la    jya na jya bwo la pe      Lu she na                                       176
177      Ba she la    dwun jr je                Shwei dwo je                                    178
                                                Jya mwo la                                      179
                                                Cha che shr                                     180
                                                Bwo la pe                                       181
                                                Yi di yi di                                     182
                                                Mu two la                                       183
                                                Jye na                                          184
                                                Swo pi la chan                                  185
                                                Jywe fan du                                     186
187      Yin tu na mwo mwo sye


         Part II

188      Wu syin
189      Li shai jye na
190      Bwo la she syi dwo
191      Sa dan two
192      Chye du shai ni shan                   Hu syin du lu yung                              193
194      Jan pe na                              Hu syin du lu yung                              195
196      Syi dan pe na                          Hu syin du lu yung                              197
198      Bwo la shai di ye
199      San bwo cha
200      Na jye la                              Hu syin du lu yung                              201
202      Sa pe yau cha
203      He la cha swo
204      Jye la he rau she
205      Pi teng beng sa na jye la              Hu syin du lu yung                              206
207      Je du la
208      Shr di nan
209      Jye la he
210      Swo he sa la nan
211      Pi teng beng sa na la                  Hu syin du lu yung                              212


213      La cha
214      Pe che fan
215      Sa dan two
216      Chye du shai ni shan
217      Bwo la dyan
218      She ji li


219      Mwo he         swo he sa la
220      Bwo shu        swo he sa la
221      Shr li sha
222      Jyu jr         swo he sa ni




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223      Di li e bi ti shr pe li dwo
224      Ja ja ying jya
225      Mwo he ba she lu two la
226      Di li pu pe na
227      Man cha la
228      Wu syin
229      Swo syi di
230      Bwo pe du
231      Mwo mwo
232      Yin tu na mwo mwo sye

         Part III

233      La shr                    pe ye
234      Ju la                     ba ye
235      E chi ni                  pe ye
236      Wu two jya                pe ye
237      Pi sha                    pe ye
238      She sa dwo la             pe ye        Prevents weapons of mass destruction
239      Pe la jya jye la pe ye    pe ye        Prevents weapons of mass destruction
240      Tu shai cha               pe ye
241      E she ni                  pe ye
242      E jya la
243      Mi li ju                  pe ye
244      Two la ni bu mi jyan
245      Bwo chye bwo two          pe ye
246      Wu la jya pe dwo          pe ye
247      La she tan cha            pe ye
248      Nwo chye                  pe ye
249      Pi tyau dan               pe ye
250      Su bwo la na              pe ye

251      Yau cha                   jye la he
252      La cha sz                 jye la he
253      Bi li dwo                 jye la he
254      Pi she je                 jye la he
255      Bu dwo                    jye la he
256      Jyou pan cha              jye la he
257      Bu dan na                 jye la he
258      Jya ja bu dan na          jye la he
259      Syi chan du               jye la he
260      E bwo syi mwo la          jye la he
261      Wu tan mwo two            jye la he
262      Che ye                    jye la he
263      Syi li pe di              jye la he

264      She dwo                   he li nan
265      Jye pe                    he li nan
266      Lu di la                  he li nan
267      Mang swo                  he li nan



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268      Mi two                   he li nan
269      Mwo she                  he li nan
270      She dwo                  he li nan
271      Shr bi dwo               he li nan
272      Pi dwo                   he li nan
273      Pe dwo                   he li nan
274      E shu je                 he li nan
275      Jr dwo                   he li nan


276      Di shan sa pi shan
277      Sa pe jye la he nan                        Pi two ye she   Chen two ye mi    Ji la ye me


281      Bwo li ba la je jya           Chi li dan   Pi two ye she    Chen two ye mi      Ji la ye mi
286      Cha yan ni                    Chi li dan   Pi two ye she    Chen two ye mi      Ji la ye mi
291      Mwo he bwo su bwo dan ye
292      Lu two la                     Chi li dan   Pi two ye she    Chen two ye mi      Ji la ye mi
297      Nwo la ye na                  Chi li dan   Pi two ye she    Chen two ye mi      Ji la ye mi
302      Dan two chye lu cha shi       Chi li dan   Pi two ye she    Chen two ye mi      Ji la ye mi
307      Mwo he jya la
308      Mwo dan li chye na            Chi li dan   Pi two ye she    Chen two ye mi      Ji la ye mi
313      Jya bwo li jya                Chi li dan   Pi two ye she    Chen two ye mi      Ji la ye mi
318      She ye jye la
319      Mwo du jye la
320      Sa pe la two swo da na        Chi li dan   Pi two ye she    Chen two ye mi      Ji la ye mi
325      Je du la
326      Pe chi ni                     Chi li dan   Pi two ye she    Chen two ye mi      Ji la ye mi
331      Pi li yang chi li jr
332      Nan two ji sha la
333      Chye na bwo di
334      Swo syi ye                    Chi li dan   Pi two ye she    Chen two ye mi      Ji la ye mi
339      Na jye na she la pe na        Chi li dan   Pi two ye she    Chen two ye mi      Ji la ye mi
344      E lwo han                     Chi li dan   Pi two ye she    Chen two ye mi      Ji la ye mi
349      Pi dwo la chye                Chi li dan   Pi two ye she    Chen two ye mi      Ji la ye mi
354      Ba she la bwo ni
355      Jyu syi ye
         jyu shi ye
356      Jya di bwo di                 Chi li dan   Pi two ye she    Chen two ye mi      Ji la ye mi


361      La cha wang
362      Pe chye fan
363      Yin tu na mwo mwo sye

         Part IV

364      Pe chye fan
365      San dan dwo bwo da la
366      Na mwo tswei du di
367      E syi dwo na la la jya
368      Bwo la pe
369      Syi pu ja



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370      Pi jya sa dan dwo be di li
371      Shr fwo la shr fwo la
372      Two la two la
373      Pin two la pin two la
374      Chen two chen two
375      Hu syin hu syin
376      Pan ja Pan ja Pan ja Pan ja Pan ja
377      Swo he


378      Syi syi              pan
379      E mu jya ye          pan
380      E bwo la ti he dwo   pan
381      Pe la bwo la two     pan
382      E su la
383      Pi two la
384      Bwo jya              pan


385      Sa pe   ti pi                   bi pan
386      Sa pe   na chye                 bi pan
387      Sa pe    yau cha                bi pan
388      Sa pe   chyan ta pe             bi pan
389      Sa pe   bu dan na               bi pan
390              Jya ja bu dan na bi ban bi pan
391      Sa pe   tu lang jr di           bi pan
392      Sa pe   tu zi bi li
393              Chi shai di             bi pan
394      Sa pe   shr pe li               bi pan
395      Sa pe   e bwo syi mwo li        bi pan
396      Sa pe   she la pe na            bi pan
397      Sa pe   di di ji                bi pan
398      Sa pe   dan mwo two ji          bi pan
399      Sa pe   pi two ye
400              La shr je li            bi pan
401              She ye jye la
402              Mwo du jye la
403      Sa pe   la two swo two li       bi pan
404              Pi di ye
405              Je li                   bi pan
406              Je du la
407              Fu chi ni               bi pan
408              Ba she la
409              Jyu mwo li
410              Pi two ye
411              La shr                  bi pan
412              Mwo he bwo la ding yang
413              Yi chi li               bi pan


414      Ba she la shang jye la ye
415      Bwo la jang chi la she          ye pan
416      Mwo he jya la ye
417      Mwo he mwo dan li jya na



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418      Na mwo swo jye li dwo            ye pan
419      Bi shai na bei                   ye pan
420      Bwo la he mwo ni                 ye pan
421      E chi ni                         ye pan
422      Mwo he jye li                    ye pan
423      Jye la tan chr                   ye pan
424      Mye dan li                       ye pan
425      Lau dan li                       ye pan
426      Je wen cha                       ye pan
427      Jye lwo la dan li                ye pan
428      Jya bwo li                       ye pan
429      E di mu jr dwo
430      Jya shr mwo she nwo
431      Pe sz ni                         ye pan


432      Yan ji jr
433      Sa two pe sye
434      Mwo mwo yin tu na mwo mwo sye

         Part V
435      Tu shai ja           jr dwo
436      E mwo dan li         jr dwo

437      Wu she               he la
438      Chye pe              he la
439      Lu di la             he la
440      Pe swo               he la
441      Mwo she              he la
442      She dwo              he la
443      Shr bi dwo           he la
444      Ba lyau ye           he la
445      Chyan two            he la
446      Bu shr bwo           he la
447      Pwo la               he la
448      Pe sye               he la


449      Be bwo               jr dwo
450      Tu shai ja           jr dwo
451      Lau two la           jr dwo
452      Yau cha              jye la he
453      La cha swo           jye la he
454      Bi li dwo            jye la he
455      Pi she je            jye la he
456      Bu dwo               jye la he
457      Jyou pan cha         jye la he
458      Syi chyan two        jye la he
459      Wu dan mwo two       jye la he
460      Che ye               jye la he
461      E bwo sa mwo la      jye la he
462      Jai chywe ge
463      Cha chi ni           jye la he


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464       Li fwo di            jye la he
465       She mi jya           jye la he
466       She jyu ni           jye la he
467       Mu two la
468       Na di jya            jye la he
469       E lan pe             jye la he
470       Chyan du bwo ni      jye la he

471                            Shr fa la         Yin jya syi jya                                  472
                                                 Jwei di yau jya                                  473
                                                 Dan li di yao jya                                474
                                                 Je tu two jya                                    475
476       Ni ti                shr fa la
477       Bi shan mwo          shr fa la         Bwo di jya                                       478
                                                 Bi di jya                                        479
                                                 Shr li shai mi jya                               480
                                                 Swo ni bwo di jya                                481
482       Sa pe                shr fa la         Shr lu ji di                                     483
                                                 Mwo two pi da lu jr jyan                         484


485       E chi                lu chyan
486       Mu chywe             lu chyan
487       Jye li tu            lu chyan


488       Jya la he
489       Jye lan jye na       shu lan
490       Dan dwo              shu lan
491       Chi li ye            shu lan
492       Mwo mwo              shu lan
493       Ba li shr pe         shu lan
494       Bi li shr pe         shu lan
495       Wu two la            shu lan
496       Jye jr               shu lan
497       Ba shi di            shu lan
498       Wu lu                shu lan
499       Chang chye           shu lan
500       He syi dwo           shu lan
501       Ba two               shu lan
502       Swo fang ang chye
503       Bwo la jang chye     shu lan


504       Bu dwo bi bwo cha
505       Cha chi ni
506       Shr pe la
507       Two tu lu jya
508       Jyan du lu ji jr
509       Pe lu dwo pi
510       Sa bwo lu
511       He ling chye
512       Shu sha dan la



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513       Swo na jye la
514       Pi sha yu jya
515       E chi ni
516       Wu two jya
517       Mwo la pi na
518       Jyan dwo la
519       E jya la
520       Mi li du
521       Da lyan bu jya
522       Di li la ja
523       Bi li shai jr jya
524       Sa pe na jyu la
525       Sz yin chye bi
526       Jye la li yau cha
527       Dan la chu
528       Mwo la shr
529       Fei di shan
530       Swo pi shan
531       Syi dan dwo bwo da la10
532       Mwo he ba she lu
533       Shai ni shan
534       Mwo he bwo lai jang chi lan
535       Ye bwo tu two
536       She yu she nwo
537       Byan da li na

538       Pi two ye                              Pan tan jya lu mi                                539
540       Di shu                                 Pan tan jya lu mi                                541
542       Bwo la pi two                          Pan tan jya lu mi                                543

544       Da jr two
545       Nan
546       E na li
547       Pi she ti
548       Pi la
549       Ba she la
550       Two li
551       Pan two pan two ni
552       Ba she la bang ni pan
553       Hu syin du lu ying pan
554       Swo pe he




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1
    See Volume 7 of the Shurangama Sutra.
2

As to the Mantra, no one understands it. Nor is it possible to
explain it syllable by syllable and line by line. But if you want to
understand it, I can try to explain it for you. However, this is not the
time for that, because we are in the middle of the explanation of the
Shurangama Sutra, and the Mantra alone couldn’t be completely
explained in a year, or even in three years, or even ten years. So, at
this point it cannot be explained thoroughly. I will simply explain
the general meaning of the Mantra.
p. 94.
3

“Although I was blessed by the Thus Come One’s spiritual
mantra of the Buddha’s summit and imperceptibly received its
strength, I still have not heard it myself. The World Honored
One, the Thus Come One, the Buddha, used the spiritual mantra
spoken by the transformation Buddha atop the Buddha’s summit.
And when Manjushri Bodhisattva came to where I was and recited
the mantra, I received the benefit invisibly.” That means that when
Manjushri Bodhisattva got there, he didn’t chant the mantra in a
loud voice; he merely had to recite it silently to free Ananda. It’s all
right to recite the mantra loudly when you are before the Buddhas
in the temple, but when you are out at other places, you can recite
it silently and it is just as effective. If you got out on the streets and
start bellowing, “Na Mwo Sa Dan Two Su Chye Dwo Ye…” people
are going to think you are crazy. You needn’t be attached to some
particular ritual and thereby cause people to slander the Dharma,
which is what they would be doing if they said you were crazy.
When they commit slander, they commit offenses. You don’t want
to say, “If he commits offenses, that’s his problem. I’ll recite even
louder and let him slander even more so that he commits even
greater offenses, and he will surely fall into the hells.” If you have
that kind of attitude and intentionally cause people to commit
offenses so that they fall into the hells, then you shouldn’t even
study the Buddhadharma. People who study the Buddhadharma are
sympathetic and compassionate toward others. Their attitude is to
do nothing that would cause anyone else to fall into the hells, even
to the point that they would rather go to the hells themselves than
cause anyone else to go. That’s the way you should be. You cannot
think, “He slandered me, let him fall into the hells.” Or, “If I have a
run-in with someone, I will go after them and recite the
Shurangama Mantra, and then when they slander me they will fall


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into the hells.” If you have that kind of thought, then you’d better
stop reciting the Shurangama Mantra right this minute and leave off
your study of the Buddhadharma. That’s because people who study
Volume One – The Spiritual Mantra 90
the Buddhadharma must not hate people, must not be jealous of
people, must not obstruct people, must not be selfish in these ways.
One cannot have the attitude, “I’m fine, to heck with you.” The
Buddhadharma exists for the sake of rescuing all living beings. It is
not designed to cause living beings to commit offenses. You must
be clear about this point.
Ananda says, “I imperceptibly received its strength, but I still
haven’t actually heard it.” I got the strength from it, but silently and
invisibly. So I’ve never actually heard it. Although I received the
benefit of it, I still don’t even know how to recite it. I’ve never even
heard it!’

The Shurangama Sutra - Volume Six, a simple explanation by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, publisher
and translator Burlingame, California: Buddhist Text Translation Society, Dharma Realm Buddhist
University, Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, www.BTTSOnline.org, 1st ed. 1981, 2nd ed., 2002: pp.
88-90. ISBN 0-88139-___-_


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They all bowed together to the Buddha and then stood on
tiptoe waiting for the Buddha to speak the secret sections and
divisions of the mantra. “Divisions” refers to the five major
sections of the mantra. The “phrases” are smaller parts consisting
of several lines each, such as “Na Mwo Sa Dan Two / Su Chye Dwo
Ye / E La He Di / San Myau San Pu Two Sye.” But these divisions
and phrases are secret, that is, they are not easy for people to
understand. They are “secret” in the sense that people do not share
a common knowledge about them. When you recite them, you do
not know what advantages you obtain. I do not know what
advantages I obtain. Although benefit is obtained, there is no
mutual awareness of it among those benefited, nor is there a
common understanding of the mantra itself.

The Shurangama Sutra - Volume Six, a simple explanation by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, publisher
and translator Burlingame, California: Buddhist Text Translation Society, Dharma Realm Buddhist
University, Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, www.BTTSOnline.org, 1st ed. 1981, 2nd ed., 2002: p. 91.
ISBN 0-88139-___-_



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    S
3) Dharmas of Hooking and Summoning. This means, literally,
to “hook in” and catch and to call with a command all the weird



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beings, demons, and ghosts. No matter how far away they might be
from you, you can bring them in and capture them. For instance,
suppose one of them is harming someone, and when they finish
they run away. If one knows how to use the Dharma of Hooking and
Summoning, then no matter how far that being may have run, you
can arrest him
4) Dharmas of Subduing. Demons also have spiritual penetrations
and mantras which they use. When you recite your mantras,
they recite their mantras. But if you can use the Shurangama
Mantra, you can smash through all their mantras I’ve told you
before about the section of the Mantra which is for smashing the
demon kings. It also is effective in destroying their mantras and
spells. Although I’ve taught you this already, it bears repeating
here. Those who have not studied this yet can take note of it. Why
was it that as soon as the Shurangama Mantra was recited the
Former Brahma Heaven Mantra lost its effectiveness? It was
because of the “Five Great Heart Mantras.”
Chr Two Ni
E Jya La
Mi Li Ju
Bwo Li Dan La Ye
Ning Jye Li
These five lines are called the “Five Great Heart Mantras.” It is the
fundamental mantra for destroying the mantras and spells of the
heavenly demons and adherents of externalist ways. It doesn’t
matter what kind of mantra they come up with; you can destroy it
with this one. Their mantras will lose their effectiveness. This
Dharma I’ve just transmitted could sell for several million dollars,
but I do not sell it. Seeing that you have a certain amount of
sincerity, I transmit it to you absolutely free.

The Shurangama Sutra - Volume Six, a simple explanation by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, publisher
and translator Burlingame, California: Buddhist Text Translation Society, Dharma Realm Buddhist
University, Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, www.BTTSOnline.org, 1st ed. 1981, 2nd ed., 2002: p. 96.
ISBN 0-88139-___-_


The Mantra has five divisions which correspond to the five
directions – north, south, east, west, and the middle. The Eastern
Division is the Vajra Division, with Akshobhya Buddha as the
teaching host. The Southern Division is the Production-of-Jewels
Division, with Production-of-Jewels Buddha as the teaching host.
The Central Division is the Buddha Division, with Shakyamuni
Buddha as the teaching host. The Western Division is the Lotus
Division, with Amitabha Buddha as the teaching host. The
Northern Division is the Karma Division, with Accomplishment


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Buddha as the teaching host. There are five divisions, because there
are five huge demonic armies in this world. There are demons to the
east, south, west, north, and in the center. Since there are these five
demon armies, not just five demons, the Buddhas also cover the
five directions to suppress the demons. If there were no Buddhas,
the demons could appear openly in the world.

The Shurangama Sutra - Volume Six, a simple explanation by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, publisher
and translator Burlingame, California: Buddhist Text Translation Society, Dharma Realm Buddhist
University, Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, www.BTTSOnline.org, 1st ed. 1981, 2nd ed., 2002: p. 94.
ISBN 0-88139-___-_



6
  Line 128: “Sa Pe She Du Lu”
From the – The Shurangama Mantra with Verses and Commentary by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua,
Revised ed., printed in “Vajra Bodhi Sea”, Vol. 23, Series 54, Issue 267, publisher and translator San
Francisco, California: Buddhist Text Translation Society, Dharma Realm Buddhist University, Dharma
Realm Buddhist Association, www.BTTSOnline.org, August 1992, p. 7. ISSN 0507-6986. Master Hua’s
Verse of Explanation: “With all good Dharmas one eradicates evils. In As-You-Will splendid joy, one is
rescued from illnesses. Inauspiciousness is gone and ones knows only peace. How great are these magic
phrases – the true agata!” Commentary: With all good Dharmas one eradicates evils. Sa Pe means
“eradicate all evils.” And in doing that, one gives rise to all good. If you recite this line of the Mantra
everything will be lucky. In As-You-Will splendid joy, one is rescued from illnesses. Inauspiciousness
is gone and one knows only peace. This line of the Mantra can cure illnesses. It banishes everything
unlucky. How great are these magic phrases – the true agata!” The agata power of this Mantra is
tremendous. It is a wonderful medicine that enables one to “return to spring.” It can cure any illness.
7
 Line 159: “E Li Ye Do La”
From the – The Shurangama Mantra with Verses and Commentary by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua,
Revised ed., printed in “Vajra Bodhi Sea”, Vol. 25, Series 60, Issue 298, publisher and translator San
Francisco, California: Buddhist Text Translation Society, Dharma Realm Buddhist University, Dharma
Realm Buddhist Association, www.BTTSOnline.org, August 1992, pp. 10-11. ISSN 0507-6986.

Master Hua’s Verse of Explanation: “The God of Sunlight illuminates the universe of a billion worlds –
The four cardinal points, the four intermediate directions, and the four boundlessnesses. The moon palace
where Chang-e resides is like a cool and clear canopy, With twenty-eight constellations attending to the
front and back.”

Commentary: E Li Ye Do La is line 159. The God of Sunlight illuminates the universe of a billion
worlds. The God of Sunlight is the sun. It’s not for sure it’s the sun, however, because there is also a
Bodhisattva called Sunlight. And those of you who cultivate the Forty-Two Hands know that there is the
Sunlight Dharani Mantra which cures illnesses. The mantra cures illnesses and is a protector of the Great
Compassion Mantra. The Moonlight Dharani Mantra also protects the Great Compassion Mantra.
Therefore these two mantras are very efficacious, very wonderful, and very inconceivable. Some of you
say: “I’ve never heard of those mantras.” You should open your Dharani Sutra and take a look. You will
find: Shen di di tu shu ja.
E re mi di wu du ja.
Shen chi ja.
Bwo lai di.
Ye mi re ja wu du ja.



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Jyu lo di ja chi mo ja.
So pe he.

That’s the Moonlight Dharani Mantra. There’s also the Sunlight Dharani Mantra.
Na mo bo to ju no mi.
Na mo da mo mo he di.
Na mo seng chye do ye ni.
Di li bu bi sa du yen na mwo.

That’s the two dharani mantras. I’ve recited them for you. If you want to study them, you can look them
up. If you can’t find them, ask me. They are still here with me. They won’t get lostg.

“Illumines the universe of a billion worlds.” The universe of a billion worlds includes the four cardinal
points – north, south, east and west – and the four intermediate directions – northeast, southeast, northwest,
and southwest. Also included are the zenith, the nadir, and the four boundlessnesses – the station of
boundless emptiness, the station of boundless consciousness, the station of nothing whatsoever, the station
of neither thought nor non-thought. All of these can be illumined. The four great continents and
everywhere else are illumined. And so the verse mentions the four cardinal points, the four intermediate
directions, and the four boundlessnesses. This is just me saying what I feel like, if you don’t want to
listen, it doesn’t matter. Whoever doesn’t want to listen can use cotton to plug up his ears. I don’t want to
waste your time nor is there any need for me to waste my energy.

 The moon palace where Chang-e resides is like a cool and clear canopy. In the moon there is a beautiful
woman. The meaning is that this place is clear and cool, like a clear, cook canopy that shades the myriad
creatures.

With twenty-eight constellations attending to the front and back. The twenty-eight constellations are
twenty-eight clusters of stars to the front and back, surrounding on all sides, to attend upon the celestial
moon. Do you want to know what the twenty-eight constellations are? I will recite their names for you.
Each name is represented by one character, so there are twenty-eight characters in all:

jue, kang, di, fang, xin, wei, ji, tou, niu, nu, xu, wei, shi, bi, kui, lou, wei, mao, bi, zi, can, jing, gui, liu, xing,
zhang, yi, zhen

If you want to know more about them you can look them up in the Yellow (lunar) Almanac. I don’t want
to explain all that much. It would waste your time, and I wouldn’t be able to bear that. It would also waste
my time, and I’m not willing to do that.


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  Line 165: “Pi Di Ye”
From the – The Shurangama Mantra with Verses and Commentary by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua,
Revised ed., printed in “Vajra Bodhi Sea”, Vol. 26, Series 61, Issue 304, publisher and translator San
Francisco, California: Buddhist Text Translation Society, Dharma Realm Buddhist University, Dharma
Realm Buddhist Association, www.BTTSOnline.org, September 1995, pp. 10. ISSN 0507-6986.

Master Hua’s Verse of Explanation: “Universally enlighten all living beings in the world. With skillful
speech, teach and transform them so they stay far away from defilement. Vigorously go forward and
ascend the other shore; Then turn the boat of compassion around and save the suffering masses.”

Commentary: Pi di ye translates as “universally enlightening.” What is meant by “universally
enlightening”? It means that without selection or choosing, one enables all livings beings everywhere to
become enlightened; all beings everywhere gain understanding. None of them are muddled or confused


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any longer. Thus the verse says: Universally enlighten all beings in the world. Enable all living beings
everywhere to turn from confusion and return to enlightenment, so they can all attain Bodhi.

With skillful speech, teach and transform them so they can stay far away from defilement. This can be
interpreted as “Skillfully.” Skillfully teach and transform living beings to keep their distance from
defilement and filth. Teach them to stay away from all defiling dharmas and to cultivate all pure dharmas,
so they can attain unsurpassed Bodhi. That means that once you yourself have selected your path you
should progress along it with courage and vigor.

Vigorously go forward and ascend the other shore. Don’t be lazy. As soon as you get lazy, you’ll be
unable to accomplish what you’ve set out to do. If you are not lazy, you will succeed very quickly to
“reach the other shore.” You will arrive at the other shore of Nirvana. Passing from this shore of birth and
death through the flow of afflictions, you will reach the other shore of Nirvana and attain permanence,
bliss, true self, and purity – the four virtues of Nirvana.

Once you have succeeded, then turn the boat of compassion around and save the suffering masses.
Don’t forget all the beings in this world. You still should bring forth a heart of great compassion and come
back to save your fellow-beings who are undergoing suffering. They have fallen and are sinking and
drowning and not waking up. You need to help all of them awaken, too. Help them escape this sea of
suffering and reach the cool and pure, free and comfortable Pure Land of Eternal Stillness and Light. If
you can do that, then you are said to be one who “turns the boat of compassion around and saves the
suffering masses.”



Line 1: “E Li Ye”
From the – The Shurangama Mantra with Verses and Commentary by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua,
Revised ed., printed in “Vajra Bodhi Sea”, Vol. 25, Series 60, Issue 298, publisher and translator San
Francisco, California: Buddhist Text Translation Society, Dharma Realm Buddhist University, Dharma
Realm Buddhist Association, www.BTTSOnline.org, August 1992, pp. 10-11. ISSN 0507-6986.

Master Hua’s Verse of Explanation: “The God.”

Commentary:

9
 Line 171: “Ju Li Ye”
From the – The Shurangama Mantra with Verses and Commentary by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua,
Revised ed., printed in “Vajra Bodhi Sea”, Vol. 26, Series 62, Issue 310, publisher and translator San
Francisco, California: Buddhist Text Translation Society, Dharma Realm Buddhist University, Dharma
Realm Buddhist Association, www.BTTSOnline.org, March 1996, pp. 10-13. ISSN 0507-6986.

Master Hua’s Verse of Explanation: “The most superior, supreme birth is gained totally through the power
of Dharma. All categories of beings are included within this. Zhuang Zhou banged on a pot and realized
the Great Way. See through it and put it down; climb into the boat of compassion!.”

Commentary:

The most superior, supreme birth is gained totally through the power of Dharma. Ju li ye translates as
“most superior” and as “supreme birth.” The inconceivable power of the Dharma is quite wonderful. All
categories of beings are included within this. All beings are included. All can cultivate this Dharma,
leave suffering and attain bliss.


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Zhuang Zhou banged on a pot and realized the Great Way. This refers to a story. I don’t know if it’s true
or not, but it’s an old story. In the past, in the state of Chu, during the Zhuang Zi. He was an excellent
writer. He said,




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     The Spiritual Mantra, p. 145.
Sutra:
“Moreover, Ananda, if women who do not have children and
want to conceive can sincerely memorize and recite this mantra
or carry the mantra, Syi Dan Dwo Bwo Da La, on their bodies,
they can give birth to sons or daughters endowed with
blessings, virtue, and wisdom.
Commentary: tester
“Moreover, Ananda,” the Buddha continues, “if women who
do not have children and want to conceive” – suppose there are
women who would like to be mothers. They would like to get
pregnant. “If they can sincerely memorize and recite this mantra
or carry the mantra, Syi Dan Dwo Bwo Da La, on their bodies, they can give birth to
sons or daughters endowed with blessings, virtue, and wisdom.” “Sincerely” means
single-mindedly; it means to reach the ultimate point of sincere regard. Perhaps they can
remember it or use the book to recite the Shurangama Mantra. Or perhaps they request a
High Master endowed with virtue in the Way to copy out for them the Heart of the Mantra,
Syi Dan Dwo Bwo Da La, and they carry that on their bodies. This phrase of the Mantra
means a Great White Canopy, whether you wear the syllables on your person or are mindful
of
The Spiritual Mantra 145

them in your mind, a great, white canopy spreads out in the air above you and protects you. It
can fulfill all your wishes. If these women do these things, their wishes can be fulfilled, and
quite soon in response to their sincerity they will have children with blessings, virtue, and
wisdom. If they want sons, they will get sons, if they want daughters, they will get daughters.

Sutra:




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