Bodhisattva Cundi mantra lyrics:
”Namaḥ Saptanaṁ Samyak-Saṁbuddha Koṭinaṁ.
Tad-Yatha: Oṁ, Cale, Cule, Cundi Svaha!”
The Bodhisattva Cunti mantra is the most famous and powerful mantra in Buddhism – used even by the Zen school which normally eschews any reliance on external cultivation methods (they just focus on meditation practice) – that can help open up your transcendental prajna wisdom and help you change your fortune to what you aspire or desire.
Cundi (or Zhunti) is a Bodhisattva venerated in Mahayana Buddhism tradition, with the emphasis of Her spiritual practice in Vajrayana Buddhism.
The Sanskrit word ”Cundi” literally translates as ”Supreme Purity”. Moreover, the Bodhisattva is also known as the Mother of Seven Kotis of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
The Bodhisattva origins lie with a yakshini cult in Bengal and Orissa and Her name in ancient Sanskrit “connotes a prostitute or other woman of low caste but specifically denotes a prominent local ogress … whose divinised form becomes the subject of an important Buddhist cult starting in the 8th century.”
More importantly, Bodhisattva Cundi is one of the manifestations of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (aka Chenrezig) who alongside with Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, have the most affinities with living beings.
The Bodhisattva is frequently depicted with eighteen arms, each wielding implements that symbolize upaya. In addition, Her eighteen arms also represent the eighteen merits of attaining Buddha-hood as described in an appendix to the Cundi Dharaṇi Sutra.
Furthermore, some images of the Bodhisattva depict different hand gestures (mudras), such as forming the root mudra or holding mala beads.
Her eighteen arms are the symbolic expression of these secrets, endowed with the significance of profound principles. These are the eighteen uncommon qualities.
In the Mahaprajnaparamita-sutra, these uncommon eighteen characteristics of a Buddha (the avenikadharma) distinguish a Buddha from a Bodhisattva.
- His perfection of body.
- His perfection of memory.
- His perfection of speech.
- His perfection of impartiality to all.
- His self-sacrifice.
- His serenity.
- His unflagging zeal to salvage sentient beings.
- His unceasing desire to salvage sentient beings.
- His unfailing thought to salvage sentient beings.
- The unceasing wisdom to salvage sentient beings.
- The powers of deliverance.
- The principle of the powers of deliverance.
- Revealing perfect wisdom in word.
- Revealing perfect wisdom in deed.
- Revealing perfect wisdom in thought.
- Perfect knowledge of the future.
- Perfect knowledge of the past.
- Perfect knowledge of the present.
Chanting Bodhisattva Cundi mantra (Zhunti) benefits:
Reciting this Buddhist mantra 108 times daily develops transcendent wisdom and knowledge, and purifies negative karma.
“This great Dharani of Cundi is a great brilliant mantra teaching that is spoken by all Buddhas of the future, all Buddhas of the past, and all Buddhas of the present time. I also now speak it thus to benefit all sentient beings, causing them to attain Anuttara Samyaksaṃbodhi.”
Gautama Buddha also said – ”If there are sentient beings with little merit, which lack the roots of goodness, natural ability, and the Factors of Bodhi, if they obtain the hearing of this dharaṇi technique, they will quickly realize the attainment of Anuttara Samyaksaṃbodhi.
If there are individuals who are always able to remember, practice, and maintain this dharani, they will all obtain immeasurable roots of goodness.” – Buddha’s quote about Bodhisattva Cundi mantra benefits.
Additionally, if a practitioner has recited this mantra 100,000 times, he will see in one’s dreams Buddhas, voice-hearers, Bodhisattvas, or Pratyekabuddhas, and see oneself vomit black things. For graver sins, one should recite the mantra 200,000 times.
Then the practitioner will also see in one’s dreams Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, as well as oneself, vomit black things. If one is unable to get such good dreams because of having committed any of the five rebellious acts, one should further practice the mantra 700,000 times.
Then the practitioner should have these good dreams and even see oneself vomit white things. These are signs of purification, indicating that this practitioner’s sins have been expunged.
If there are good laymen and laywomen who keep reciting this powerful mantra 800,000 times, their homes will not be ravaged by catastrophes or diseases. Their work will be smooth, peaceful, and harmonious, and others will believe and accept what they say.