The Vasudhārā Dhāraṇī from the Tradition of Jamari
(nor rgyun ma dza ma ri’i lugs kyi gzungs bzhugs so)
From ‘Compendium of Regular Practices for Names and Dhāraṇīs’
(mtshan-gzungs rgyun-khyer phyogs-bsgrigs)
Extracted from ‘The Treasure Mine of Practice Methods’
(sgrub-thabs rin-chen ‘byung-gnas)
by the 7th Panchen Lama, Lobzang Pelden Tenpay Nyima
(pan-chen sku-phreng bdun-pa blo-bzang dpal-ldan bstan-pa’i nyi-ma, 1782–1853)
Arranged and published by the Gansu Ethnic Publishing House
(kan-su’u mi-rigs dpe-skrun-khang), 1996
Translated from the Tibetan by Erick Tsiknopoulos
GANG NGÖN JIN-PA GYAM-TS’O’I GÉ SAK-PAY
To the one who previously accumulated the virtue of an ocean of generosity,
TS’É DANG NOR DANG T’U YI PËL NYEY SHING
Thereby found the glory of longevity, wealth and power,
DRUP-PA-PO LA YIK GI CH’AR BEP-PA’Y
And rains down treasures upon practitioners:
PËL-MO NOR-GYÜN-MA LA CH’AK-TS’ËL LO
To the Glorious Lady, Vasudhārā, I deeply bow.
NAMO RATNA TRAYĀYA/ OṂ GHATAṂ JHIBHASAṂ RAKṢANI/ PHALA HASHTI/ VĀSUDHĀRITE/ ŚIVAṂ KARI ŚĀNTIṂ KURU PUṢTIṂ KURU/ BHAYANĀSI/ SARVA DUṢTAṂ/ BHAÑCA BHAÑCA/ JAMBHA JAMBHA/ STAMBHA STAMBHA/ AMṚTE/
UTBHAVE/ KURU KURU/ MAMAKA JYAIṂ SVĀHĀ
NAMO RATNA TRAYĀYA/ OṂ GHATAṂ DZHIBHASAṂ RAKSHANI/ PHALA HASHTI/ BĀSUDHĀRITE/ SHIWAṂ KARI SHĀNTIṂ KURU PUSHTIṂ KURU/ BHAYANĀSI/ SARBA DUSHTAṂ/ BHAÑCA BHAÑCA/ JAMBHA JAMBHA/ STAMBHA STAMBHA/ AMRITE/ UTBHAWE/ KURU KURU/ MAMAKA DZYAIṂ SWĀHĀ
Or more commonly:
NAMO RATNA TRAYĀYA/ OṂ GHATANG DZHIBHASANG RAKSHANI/ PHALA HASHTI/ BĀSUDHĀRITE/ SHIWANG KARI SHĀNTING KURU BUSHTING KURU/ BHAYANĀSI/ SARBA DUSHTANG/ BHAÑCA BHAÑCA/ JAMBHA JAMBHA/ STAMBHA STAMBHA/ AMRITE/ UTBHAWE/ KURU KURU/ MAMAKA DZYAING SOHĀ]
Recite as much as possible.
KHYEY LA TÖ CHING SÖL-WA TAP-PA’Y T’Ü
By the power of praising and supplicating you,
DAK SOK GANG-DU NAY-PA’Y SA-CH’OK DÉR
In whatever places I and others may dwell,
NAY DANG UL-P’ONG T’AP-TSÖ ZHI-WA DANG
Please pacify illness, poverty and conflict;
CH’Ö DANG TRA-SHIY P’ËL-WAR DZAY DU SÖL
And ensure the increase of Dharma and good fortune.
Translated from the Tibetan by Erick Tsiknopoulos, September 11th, 2016, in Pokhara, Nepal. Finalized on December 26th, 2016 in Boudhanath, Kathmandu.
Special thanks to Ned Branchi for his work with the Sanskrit and dhāraṇī.
“Jamari” (dza ma ri): The only reference I can find to this, presumably Indian, teacher is in connection with this lineage of Vasudhārā practice. The Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (tbrc.org) has the following for dza ma ri (corrections and parentheses my own):
“This deity topic is applied to empowerments and rituals focusing upon the golden
Vasundhārā [another name for Vasudhārā], whose color is like refined gold; she is adorned
with silks and jewel ornaments and is in the full bloom of youth; her right hand holds a
reddish blue picula fruit, her left an ear of rice; she stands with feet together on two jewel
vases with their bases meeting and streams of jewels pouring forth from their mouths.”
Erick Tsiknopoulos (b. 1981) is an American translator of Tibetan, a scholar, researcher and postgraduate student in Buddhist Studies, a teacher and tutor of Tibetan language, a writer and editor, a voracious reader in various subjects, and an experienced world traveler. He is the founder and primary Tibetan translator of the Sugatagarbha Translation Group, and the creator of their main website, Tibetan-Translations.com, which currently features English translations of over 400 Tibetan texts. Many of his translations have been published in various forms, including as books.
He has been a student of Buddhism since 1999, a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 2003, and a student of Tibetan language since 2005. He has been translating Tibetan texts into English since 2007, has been based in India and Nepal studying Tibetan language and Buddhism intensively and translating Tibetan texts since 2008, and has been working professionally as a Tibetan-English translator and interpreter since 2009.
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