How to Recite a Mantra

How to Recite a Mantra

At that time the great Brahma-king rose from his seat and arranged his attire. Joining his palms respectfully, he said to Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva, “Very good! Great One, I have attended innumerable assemblies of the Buddha and have heard various kinds of Dharmas and various kinds of dhāraṇīs. Never have I heard such wonderful phrases as in this Hindrance-Free Great Compassion-Mind Dhāraṇī. Great One, please tell us the features and characteristics of this dhāraṇī. This large assembly and I would be delighted to hear them.”
Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva said to the Brahma-king, “For the convenience and benefit of all sentient beings, you ask me this question. Now hearken well! I will briefly tell you all a few of them.”
Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva said, “They are the great loving-kind, compassionate mind, the equality mind, the asaṁskṛta mind, the no-attachment mind, the emptiness-seeing mind, the reverent mind, the humble mind, the unflustered mind, the not-taking-wrong-views mind, and the unsurpassed bodhi mind. You should know that such minds are the features of this dhāraṇī. Accordingly you should cultivate yourselves.”

—Sūtra of the Vast, Perfect, Hindrance-Free Great Compassion-Mind Dhāraṇī of
the Thousand-Hand Thousand-Eye Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva
Translated from the digital Chinese Canon (T20n1060, 0108a4–15)

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