“Darani”

August 16, 2009

An invocation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara or Kannon (Chinese Guan Yin): the “one who observes the sound.”

\”Darani\”

Visualizing sound as a means to enlightenment.  Taigen Dan Leighton puts it this way: “Dharani, sometimes translated as ‘incantations,’ are traditional Buddhist combinations of sounds developed by ancient yogis, which are said to have specific positive spiritual effects.  They usually have no cognitive meaning as words.  In the bodhisattva lore these dharanis are memorized and recited as an aid to memory and other mental capacities”—Songs of the True Dharma Eye: Verse Comments on Dogen’s Shobogenzo.

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