The Discourse of the Dharani of the Buddha’s Essence

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The Discourse of the Dharani of the Buddha’s Essence (Skt. Buddhahṛdayadhāraṇīdharmaparyāya; Tib. སངས་རྒྱས་སྙིང་པོའི་གཟུངས་ཀྱི་ཆོས་ཀྱི་རྣམ་གྲངས།, Wyl. sangs rgyas snying po’i gzungs kyi chos kyi rnam grangs) is a short work in which Shakyamuni Buddha, addressing an immense gathering of bodhisattvas, teaches two dharanis to be recited as a complement to the practice of recollecting the Buddha, and then explains the beneficial results of reciting them. The significance of the teaching is marked by miraculous signs, and by the gods offering flowers and ornaments. The text also provides a set of correspondences between the eight ornaments offered by the gods and eight qualities that ornament bodhisattvas.[1]


The Tibetan translation of this text can be found in the Compendium of Dharanis Section of the Tibetan Dergé Kangyur, Toh 854. It is also catalogued as Toh 514 in the Action Tantra section of the Tantra Collection,


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.