Sixth Day of Wisdom: The Dhāraṇī of the Buddha’s Essence
ON ITS 10TH BIRTHDAY, 84000 PRESENTS THE SIXTH SŪTRA IN OUR TEN DAYS OF WISDOM:
The Dhāraṇī of the Buddha’s Essence is structured as a dialogue between the Buddha and a retinue of gods from the Śuddhāvāsa realm. The dialogue revolves around the Buddha’s parinirvāṇa and the role that the gods of Śuddhāvāsa can play in continuing to guide beings in his absence until the next tathāgata appears in the world. The Dhāraṇī of the Buddha’s Essence is then introduced as the specific instruction that the gods of Śuddhāvāsa should preserve and propagate after Śākyamuni has departed. The Buddha then provides a list of benefits that members of the saṅgha can accrue by reciting this dhāraṇī.
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The Dhāraṇī of the Buddha’s Essence