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Welcome to Spread the Dharma podcast, covering Buddhism and Buddha Dharma, and all traditions, including Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. Spread the Dharma is the mission of Buddha Weekly. Buddha Weekly began publishing in 2007. We hope you'll enjoy our in-depth Buddhist-topic podcasts, in several formats, including hosted episodes with our Editor Lee Kane, sometimes with guest teachers and authors. We also publish a series of podcast documentaries, such as our Hayagriva documentary (Vajrayana tradition), Guanyin documentary (Mahayana) and Jataka Tales (Theravadan.) As with our online magazine, books, and videos, we cover Buddhist Teachings and Dharma, Meditation Topics, Sutras and Suttas, Interviews with the Teachers, Buddhist Practices, Buddhist Lifestyle. For in-depth written features, visit BuddhaWeekly.com. For video documentaries and features, please visit our Youtube Channel https://youtube.com/buddhaweekly.

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Welcome to Spread the Dharma podcast, covering Buddhism and Buddha Dharma, and all traditions, including Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. Spread the Dharma is the mission of Buddha Weekly. Buddha Weekly began publishing in 2007. We hope you'll enjoy our in-depth Buddhist-topic podcasts, in several formats, including hosted episodes with our Editor Lee Kane, sometimes with guest teachers and authors. We also publish a series of podcast documentaries, such as our Hayagriva documentary (Vajrayana tradition), Guanyin documentary (Mahayana) and Jataka Tales (Theravadan.) As with our online magazine, books, and videos, we cover Buddhist Teachings and Dharma, Meditation Topics, Sutras and Suttas, Interviews with the Teachers, Buddhist Practices, Buddhist Lifestyle. For in-depth written features, visit BuddhaWeekly.com. For video documentaries and features, please visit our Youtube Channel https://youtube.com/buddhaweekly.

    Vajrasattva's Purifying and Healing 100-syllable mantra in Sanskrit beautifully chanted

    Vajrasattva's Purifying and Healing 100-syllable mantra in Sanskrit beautifully chanted

    Buddha taught us how to purify obstacles, obscurations, negative karma, even disease, through Vajrasattva meditation, visualization and mantras.
    Chant along the 100-syllable Sanskrit mantra, here beautifully chanted by Hrishikesh Sonar, with the meditative images of Vajrasattva. Visualize all of your negativities, obstacles and diseases purified by glorious white light.
    Listening or chanting are both beneficial. For chant along:
    Oṃ
    Vajrasattva samayam anupālaya
    Vajrasattva tvenopatiṣṭha
    dṛḍho me bhava
    sutoṣyo me bhava
    supoṣyo me bhava
    anurakto me bhava
    sarva siddhiṃ me prayaccha
    sarva karma sucha me chittaṃ śreyaḥ kuru
    hūṃ
    ha ha ha ha hoḥ
    bhagavan sarva tathāgata 
    vajra mā me muñcha
    vajrī bhava mahā samaya 
    sattva āḥ


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    Vajrakilaya Buddha documentary: Cutting the 3 poisons with the sharpest weapon, plus chanted mantras

    Vajrakilaya Buddha documentary: Cutting the 3 poisons with the sharpest weapon, plus chanted mantras

    Why is wrathful Buddha Vajrakilaya, described by Garchen Rinpoche as "the mind of great love?" Can such a ferocious embodiment of Enlightenment really calm the mind and tame our obstacles, both external and internal? Why is Vajrakilaya — also called Vajrakumara — considered the activity of all the Buddhas? Come along with us now as we get to know this wrathful emanation of Vajrasattva, the embodiment of the activity of all the Buddhas. After our brief introduction, listen or chant along with the Sanskrit version of his mantra — famous for accomplishing the Enlightened activities and overcoming all of our obstacles. (Subtitled in multiple languages.) An informative 10-minute documentary video followed by a chant-along with Hrishikesh Sonar chanting this lovely mantra in Sanskrit.

    Sanskrit Mantra Om Vajra Kili Kilaya Sarva Vighnam Vam Hum Pey
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    Manjushri's mantra — ultimate wisdom

    Manjushri's mantra — ultimate wisdom

    In Buddhism, Manjushri's ultimate wisdom mantra is famous for its cognitive and meditative benefits. His mantra is the highest expression of ultimate wisdom, or prajna.

    Listen or chant along with the Sanskrit version of his mantra — famous for cultivating wisdom, chanted beautifully by Hrishikesh Sonar with beautiful meditative images. On the last recitation, the syllable Dhi is repeated over and over.

    Om Ah Ra Pa Cha Na Dhi


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    Boundless Compassion: Avalokiteshvara's Mantra Om Mani Padme Hum 108 times beautifully chanted

    Boundless Compassion: Avalokiteshvara's Mantra Om Mani Padme Hum 108 times beautifully chanted

    Avalokiteshvara Compassion Mantra chanted 108 times beautifully by the amazing Hrishikesh Sonar — with stunning meditative images of the Great Compassionate Bodhisattva. His compassion mantra is Om Mani Padme Hum. This is considered the most precious of all mantras, chanted millions of times daily by people around the world, and found in nearly all prayer wheels.
    Avalokiteshvara (Avalokiteśvara (Sanskrit: अवलोकितेश्वर) In Tibet, he is known as Chenrézik on Chenrezig. In East Asia, he or she is commonly known as Guānshìyīn or Guānyīn. Due to Avalokitesahvara’s vast compassion, she or he can appear in any form and manifests in at least 108 forms.
    Transcript of Introduction: “Avalokiteshvara’s boundless compassion for all beings is the ultimate expression of Bodhichitta and the ideal manifestation of the Bodhisattva hero. His mantra is the highest expression of Metta, or love, and Karuna, or Compassion.
    Listen or chant along with the Sanskrit version of his mantra — famous for generating boundless compassion, chanted beautifully by Hrishikesh Sonar:
    Om Mani Padme Hum”


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    Vajrakilaya's Mantra beautifully chanted 108 times in Sanskrit — cutting the three poisons, overcoming your obstacles

    Vajrakilaya's Mantra beautifully chanted 108 times in Sanskrit — cutting the three poisons, overcoming your obstacles

    Vajrakilaya and his mantra is important in our modern world — since Vajrakilaya is the activity of all the Buddhas. He is the wrathful Heruka emanation of glorious Buddha Vajrasattva. At the same time, he is the ultimate expression of Bodhichitta and compassion and love.
    Listen or chant along with the Sanskrit version of his mantra — famous for accomplishing the Enlightened activities and overcoming our obstacles, chanted beautifully by Hrishikesh Sonar.
    Om Vajra Kili Kilaya Sarva Vighnam Vam Hum Pey
    CREDITS
    Original music, singing and arrangement by Hrishikesh Sonar  
    The literal translation of the mantra
    Although mantras can’t be broken down by word translation — ideally, listen to full commentaries from teachers on the deeper meanings — for helpful reference, we have translated the Sanskrit mantra somewhat literally here.
    Om Vajra Kili Kilaya Sarva Vighnam Vam Hum PeyVajra
    Vajra, in Sanskrit, has both the meanings of “thunderbolt” and “diamond.” Like the thunderbolt, the vajra cleaves through ignorance. It also connotes “swift” or “instant.”
    Kili
    Kila : in Sansrit कील; IAST: kīla for a three-sided peg, stake, or knife.  Kili associated with Quick Activity, Quick Action, Strength — as in the small three-cornered tent peg that can secure a tent against the worse weather. But also “staking” quickly or pegging instantly.
    Kilaya
    VajraKilaya is the name of the great One, in this a form of Vajrakila (which means Thunderbolt quickly “Spike” or nail down — as in transfixing our obstructions to Enlightenment.
    Sarva
    Sarva (सर्व) Sanskrit — Sarva (सर्व) refers to “(the attainment of) everything”
    Vighnam
    Noun. विघ्न • (vighna) m. a breaker, destroyer. an obstacle, impediment, hindrance, opposition, prevention, interruption, any difficulty or trouble.
    Vam
    (Bam in Tibetan) Vam is the seed syllable of Vajrakilaya — although Hum is also considered his ultimate seed syllable (Dharmakaya seed syllable). Vam is the bija, or seed, sound of the sacral chakra. When chanting the mantra, vam, the power of the sound vibrations is believed to cleanse this chakra, which is the energy center of creativity
    Hum
    Hum connotes “method and wisdom” or “Compassion and comprehension of Shunyata”
    Pey (Phet, Phat)
    Note: this is a phonetic spelling: it is a slightly aspirated sound like P-Hey (with a soft “tuh” sound at the end) — hard to pronounce so most people, chant “pey!”)
    Pey means “cutting through” or “cut!” — as in cutting all obstacles to success, siddhis and Enlightenment.
    Typically, online you’ll find this mantra chanted in the Tibetan version
    OM BENZA KILI KILIYA SARWA BIGHANEN BAM HUNG PHAT
















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    "In Praise of Tara" recited by Jason Espada. Celebrating and praising the glorious Mother of the Buddhas.

    "In Praise of Tara" recited by Jason Espada. Celebrating and praising the glorious Mother of the Buddhas.

    Jason Espada, well known for reciting sutras, discourses and commentaries, recites his Praise of Tara, a beautiful six minute praise. 
    The full prayer: 
    In Praise of Tara Holy Tara, Protector of living beings, May your blessings flow throughout all of our lives and by Your Compassionate Activity, may all the needs of all beings be completely fulfilled now Tara Your beauty tames the minds of living beings. You draw all beings to yourself. Your virtue calms their fears and brings them all fresh happiness. You are the one who makes what seems to be the impossible entirely possible You conquer disbelief, and dispel doubt without leaving even a trace You are miraculous activity, beyond comprehension. You are ‘swift to regard’, quick to respond, the remover of obstacles. You are our protector You are grace and blessings, the relative and ultimate liberator of beings Your beauty inspires uprightness of moral character You pacify habit energy We shed our skins, lose our old ways, like leaves falling off of trees You bring new birth, and give new strength You purify the mind - like the stream-clearing jewel You uplift and brighten the mind For those with positive aims, You are their Great Benefactress You set all things right You bring about reconciliation without impediment without anything blocking it You bring harmony to every surrounding circumstance You help us to gather all positive conditions You bring out the best that is in us all You make all practices effective It has always been this way It is this way now It will always be this way You are the spring-like feeling of ‘yes’, the sum of all optimism, joyful positive energy, the feeling of ‘I can’ Tara, May your blessings completely illuminate all of our lives and may all the needs of all beings be completely fulfilled now O, Bright Virtue! You are light You are grace in my life and subtle nourishment The blessing of all the women who have ever wished me well You are instinctive love, all-accommodating naturally inclusive comprehensive You are embodied enlightened intelligence, intuitive awareness, the heart awake, and the flourishing of joy You are playful, youthful, joyful, quick, charming, elegant, inspiring, wise, warm, strengthening, encouraging, healing, calming, stabilizing; How can I call you? Tara - hope, positive energy, joyful, pure, wholesome energy With your rivers nurture my limbs, these fields With your warmth, your light bring about the total flowering of goodness... Tara, May your blessings be established in all of our lives Because this is Divine Feminine energy, quick to respond with magical activity, the equivalent of the patron saint of lost causes, grace, spiritual beauty bringing light, giving hope, removing obstacles, calming fear, pacifying suffering, and protecting bringing harmony to every surrounding circumstance, bringing life, health, happiness, good fortune, and stability and, being the Spring-like sum of all optimism, inspiring, positive energy, enabling all the good things we would do to become effective, to become fulfilled, to become complete, this is called Green Tara May all share in these blessings. By Jason Espada
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