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 To end thunder, storms and lightning caused by Dragons, make the “Stop ThunderMudra (With the middle finger, the ring finger and the little finger of the left hand flexed, the thumb is straight and rest on the first phalanx of the forefinger), recite the Dharani, and wave the Mudra in the direction of the storms. Thunder and lightning will stop. To subdue demon Gods, pour three liters of water into a copper bowl, scatter clean lime around it, form the Capture And Kill Mudra (2 ring fingers bend in the palm, opposing and touching each other, the forefingers and little fingers spread out like the blossom of a flower, the two thumbs pressing on the middle phalanx of the forefingers) and silently recite the Dharani 108 times. All different kinds of Demons and titans in the world will appear in person. They will renounce their cruelties and obey your commands.

To prohibit animals from coming to the mountain, first recite the Dharani 100 times, shout three times, then form the Mountain Action Mudra (using the right hand, the ring finger bent in the palm, all other fingers straight out) facing upward recite the Dharani seven times, back up seven steps and apply the Mudra towards the mountain. Birds and all kind of animals will leave that mountain. With this Mudra, if you recite seven times facing the sky and apply the Mudra towards it twenty-one times, even a dust particle cannot go through. To mute a person, write the name of this person and hold it in your mouth. The person will not be able to speak. To remove the spell, take it out.

If you recite any other Dharani, you need to build an altar. To recite my Dharani an altar is not needed. You can pare down a piece of wood into a thunderbolt, either big or small; put it into a Buddha’s tower, or a shrine. Offer flowers and incenses by rubbing them into the soil. When you put the thunderbolt on the altar and recite 108 times, it will move or transforms into many strange things. Do not be surprised or frightened. Furthermore, recite the Dharani 108 times, the thunderbolt will move a distance of three meters, then five, six, seven and up to ten meters. When this happens, if the practitioners kneels down to repent and vow to take refuge in the Buddha, I will come out from the thunderbolt in my real form and will do as the person told me to. I will certify the practitioner an enlightened being, his mind and his body will be liberated.

The practitioner must recite 100,000 times before performing the ritual otherwise there will be no effect. When Ucchusma finished speaking those words, the people praised him, “O Great Powerful One, what you said about this marvelous and supreme doctrine has liberated living beings.” Ucchusma then said to the people:” You must know that wherever my mantra circulates, all great Diamond Gods and I will support, protect and help the practitioner achieve the Way.” He further said:”If anyone practices this mantra, I will immediately appear in front of this person and grant his wishes. I will also grant him the supernatural power of transformation and appearance so that there won't be any obstacles for him, with the condition that the practitioner constantly recites in the name of Sakyamuni Buddha. I will follow wherever he goes to help him achieve all the doctrines.”

Then he goes on talking about the Seal as follows: rules on making the second degree seals This seal is carved using an 18 cm square. Recite 1000 times and rub Frankin powder on it. Work the seal in absolute privacy. Affixing this seal to the heart gives intelligence, instant wisdom, and knowledge about one's destiny. Recite the Dharani with this seal for 100 days help achieve all the great doctrines. Carve this seal in a 12 cm square and recite 600 times, rub Benzoinum scent on it.

Wearing this will make people happy whenever they see the practitioner; it also brings about great freedom and forever eliminates all miseries. Carve this seal in a 15 cm square. Recite 600 times and rub Eucalyptus incense on it. Applying the seal to the sole of the foot will let one fly. Carve this seal in an 18 cm square and rub Frankin powder on it. Recite 700 times. Applying the seal to the foot let one walk 3,000,000 miles a day and become invisible. Footnote: The above seals have the correct Chinese measurement unit. It can be used as a model. For the constantly sick person, write this charm on the heart (chest area). The person will become well. The effect is as soon as it is ordered. This charm cures heart problems. The great effect comes as soon as it is ordered. Recite the Dharani 7 times before writing this charm.

This is for sickness caused by Demons. Use red ink to write the charm and let the patient drink it. For sickness from having wet dreams caused by Demons, write in red ink on seven large papers and let the patient drink it. The To use this charm, use a 10.7 cm satin cloth, wash this cloth until it turns pure white and put it in the earth-wheel. It will let one live up to 70 years. Or if no one can do this, in the middle of the home garden, dig in the soil 7 meters deep and bury the cloth. This will make one smart and intelligent, and debate with eloquence. These seven charms can cure various sicknesses. Write them down on paper and drink it. This will bring longevity and intelligence. The effect is extraordinary. The above set of seven is used to wish for precious jewels. Use red ink to write them down and drink it for seven days. Precious jewels will then be brought to you. To wish for money and properties from anyone, write the name of the person, and put it under these charms.

It will prompt him to bring his valuables over. Write the charms with red ink and stick them on the four legs of the bed. Eight of the Diamond Gods will keep guard day and night to protect the person. Therefore the room must be kept neat and clean, without any dirty things. Please be careful about this. Write these seven charms in red ink on thin paper. One must drink 1,000 crushed pills the size of an orange wedge to live as long as heaven and earth. Absolute secrecy is required when performing this power. Write the charms on paper burn then mix in water for the sick person to drink. The person will live long and his intelligence will increase.

This is extraordinary efficient. To put out a raging fire, write this charm, throw it into the fire and recite the Dharani 108 times. The fire will be extinguished. When there is a firestorm, write this amulet, recite 108 times and throw it in the direction of the wind. Firestorm will be stopped. When there is a flood, write this charm and throw it into the water. Water will stop flowing at once and cannot drown people. When there is a great flood in the plains by heavy diluvial rain from the mountain, write this charm, recite 108 times and throw it in the direction of the rain.

The effect is immediate. Use red color to write this charm down on paper three times. Drink the charms mixed in water enables one to make all other charms work for other people. Otherwise there will be no effect. As Ucchusma spoke this doctrine, the multitude was full of joy. Together with the Dragons and Atulas they obeyed the teachings and respectfully paid homage before departing.

The Dharani of Great Satisfaction, Of Fearlessness and Compassion Sutra from Thousand Heads, Thousand Arms Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva In the Tang’s Dynasty, samana Bragavatdharma, a citizen of India so translated. As I have heard, once His Holiness Sakyamuni resided at the Precious Solemn Bodhimandala in the palace of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva in the mountain of Potalaka. Buddha sat in the majestic Lion Palace adorned with countless various jewels, surrounded by many banners, pennants, and precious adornments. At the time, Buddha was sitting in a chair, about to lecture on the subject of the Dharani practice. Numerous Bodhisattvas were present at the assembly.

They included: Cundi Bodhisattva, Precious King Bodhisattva, Bhaichadyaradja Bodhisattva, Bhaichadjyaradjasamudgata, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, Mahasthama-prapta Bodhisattva, Avatamsaka Bodhisattva, Vyuharadja Bodhisattva, Ratnagarbha Bodhisattva, Srigarbha Bodhisattva, Vajragarbha Bodhisattva, Akasagarbha Bodhisattva, Maitreya Bodhisattva, Samantabhadra Bodhisattva and Manjusri Bodhisattva. These Bodhisattvas are masters of Abhisekha doctrine. Numerous great erudite monks who were Arhats and were cultivating the tenth stage of Buddhahood (Dasabhumi) also came to the assembly. Among them Maha-Kacyapa was the leader. Numerous Brahmans Mara lead by with Indra Brahma also came to the assembly.

Numerous Kings in Kamadhatu Kamavacara realms headed by Kopaya King, numerous guardians of Tchaturmaharadja Caturmaharaja, the four Guardians Gods headed byAhrtarastra, also numerous Devas, Dragons, Demons, Gandharava, Asuras Gods, Garudas, Kinnaras, Mahoragas, Kinnaras (half human beings) headed by the Great Dragon King came to the assembly. Also present were numerous celestial maidens (Devi from Kamadhatu realm, or realm of Desire) with the Goddess To'ng Mu`as their leader and the Spirit of the sky, Spirits of rivers and sea, Spirits of springs and rivers, of herbal medicine, of forests, of residence, of palaces, of ocean, fire, earth, wind, and the Spirit of earth, mountain and stone. At that time, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva invisibly emitted a supernatural brilliant golden light that illuminated all ten directions of Ksha country and the three heavens of this Great World. The heavenly palace, the Dragon’s palace and the palace of the Asuras trembled.

The ocean, river, springs and the neighboring iron mountain (Vimalasvabhara), Mt. Merou, the earth mountain, the black mountain were shaken violently. The intense brilliance of the golden light dimmed all sunlight, moonlight, starlight and the light of jewels and fire. The Dharani king Bodhisattva was very surprised at such a display of power, something he had never seen before. He rose from his seat, put his palms together in respect and asked the Buddha.

Who has become enlightened today? Who could emit such brilliant radiance? That brightens ten directions of the country and the heavenly realms. Who had attained such autonomy? To display such rare power That shakes even the Buddha's realm and the palace of Dragons. Who had this great spiritual force? Is it the light from Amitabha Buddha? Or from the Bodhisattva, or the Prateyka Or is it from Indra or Brahma? All of us in the assembly wondered What could be the reason for this event? We wanted to understand, and with full respect We all look towards the Great Compassionate One.

Buddha told the Dharani King Bodhisattva: Noble son! You should know that in this assembly there is the Great Bodhisattva named Avalokitesvara, who successfully practiced the Dharani doctrine over countless lives and had achieved the Heart of Great Compassion mantra. This Bodhisattva had performed this spiritual power to give joy and safety to all beings. When Buddha finished his words, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva rose from his seat, adjusted his robe and put his palms together. He faced Buddha and said: ”World Honored One, I have the Dharani of Great Compassion to give safety, happiness, health, wealth and longevity to all sentient beings.

I wish that all beings could get rid of the bad karmas and escape from obstacles, accidents and disaster. I wish that they could have more merits when they practice the good doctrines, that they could achieve good roots, that they have no fear and have all of their wishes granted quickly. I do ask great compassionate Buddha for his consent and authorization. Buddha said: ‘Noble son! You have great compassion. If you have the Dharani that brings benefits and happiness to all beings, this is the right time to give it.

All the Buddhas and I are pleased to hear this.’ Avalokitesvara said: ”World Honored One! I recall in trillions previous lives, there was Forever Peaceful Buddha who had compassion for all beings and for me so he gave the Great Satisfaction- Fearless- Great Compassion Dharani. He rubbed my head with his luminous hand and said: “Noble son! You should receive and practice this Dharani to do well for all beings in future lives and to give them safety and happiness.” I was then only at the first rank of Bodhisattvahood, when I heard this Dharani I immediately reached the 8th rank. I was very happy so I made this vow: “If in my future life I could ensure safety and happiness for all living beings with this Dharani, let me have a thousand hands and a thousand eyes.” Immediately, a thousand hands and a thousand eyes appeared on my body.

Then ten directions of the earth trembled in six directions, and the thousand Buddhas in ten directions projected their brilliant light on the whole world and me. From then on, I have attended numerous assemblies with countless Buddhas and listened to this Dharani. Every time I heard it, I was full of joy because it helped me cross over the micro-subtle samsara over countless life cycles. Since then, I have never forgotten or abandoned the practice. Thanks to the power of this Dharani, I was re-born from the Lotus flower rather than from a womb. I have frequently met with Buddha and heard his doctrines. If there are Bhiksus, Bhiksunis, Upasakas, Upasikas, young men or women who wish to receive and uphold this mantra, they should have compassion for all living beings and like me, make these vows: Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara,

I vow to quickly know all the Dharmas. Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, I vow to soon obtain the wisdom eyes. Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, I vow to save all living beings. Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, I vow to have expedient means. Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, I vow to get on the Wisdom boat. Thousand arms-Thousand eyes Kwan Yin Bodhisattva Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, I vow to cross the sea of sufferings. Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, I vow to practice precepts and meditation. Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, I vow to climb up Nirvana Mountain. Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, I vow to come back to the house of Asamskrta. Namo great compassionate Avalokitesvara, I vow to be one with the Dharma nature. If I face the mountain of swords, the mountain itself immediately collapses. If I face the fire or boiling oil, the fire extinguishes on its own. If I face the Hells, the Hells are instantly destroyed.

If I face hungry ghosts, the hungry ghosts become full. If I face the Asuras, their cruel heart is tamed. If I face the animals, they attain great wisdom. This Vow so given, say my name heartily, and most of all call on my teacher Amitabha Buddha and then recite this Dharani. If anyone in one day and night recites this Dharani 5 times, he can eliminate grave sins committed in a million kalpas. Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva said to Buddha: “World Honored One! Should any living beings recite and hold the spiritual mantra of Great Compassion and fall into the three evil paths, I vow not to realize the right enlightenment. Should he not be reborn in any Buddha land,

I vow not to realize the right enlightenment. Should he not obtain unlimited samadhis and eloquence, I vow not to realize the right enlightenment. Should he not obtain whatever he seeks in this life, except for bad and dishonest wishes, I swear not to achieve enlightenment. Should the wishes in this life be not fulfilled then this Dharani cannot be Amitabha Buddha in the West called the Great Compassion Dharani. Should any women get tired of their female bodies and wish to have a male body, but fail to get one by reciting the Great Compassion Dharani, I swear not to become Buddha. Anyone who recites this Dharani while doubting it will not get any result.

Anyone who steals money and food from common property is committing serious sins. In this case, even a thousand Buddhas coming to this world will not be able to help him redeem, and even if he repents, those sins will not be fully erased. If anyone commits those sins, he should turn towards the Dharma master (Nayoka) in the ten directions for repentance and only then can his sins be erased. Why so? Because when he recites the Great Compassion Dharani, the Dharma masters of the ten directions will come to witness. Therefore, all his sins shall be wiped out. Any one who recites this Dharani, all their worst sins and profanities towards the Dharma, the monk, the people, including violating the precepts, stealing from the monks, all such karmas shall be erased.

However if one is skeptical about the Dharani, even the lightest offense will not be forgiven, let alone serious crimes. By reciting the Dharani, one can sow the seed of awakening for future life cycles. World Honored One! People and Gods who recite and hold the Great Compassion Mantra will obtain fifteen kinds of good birth and will not suffer fifteen kinds of bad deaths.”

The bad deaths are:
1. They will not die of starvation or privation.
 2. They will not die from having been yoked, imprisoned, caned or beaten.
3. They will not die at the hands of hostile enemies.
4. They will not be killed in military battle.
5. They will not be killed by tigers, wolves, or other evil beasts.
6. They will not die from the venom of poisonous snakes, black serpents, or scorpions.
7. They will not drown or be burned to death.
8. They will not be poisoned to death.
9. They will not die as a result of sorcery.
10. They will not die of madness or insanity.
11. They will not be killed by landslides or falling trees.
12. They will not die of nightmares sent by evil people.
13. They will not be killed by deviant spirits or evil ghosts.
14. They will not die of evil illnesses that bind the body.
15. They will not commit suicide.

The fifteen kinds of good birth are:
1. In all lifetimes, one will meet with virtuous kings.
2. One will always reborn in a safe country.
3. One will always have fortunate times and good conditions.
4. One will always meet with virtuous friends.
5. One will always have a perfect body and have a complete family.
6. One's mind will be virtuous.
7. One will not allow one's morality to degenerate.
 8. One will have good and grateful relatives.
9. One will always have wealth, the means of living.
10. One will always be protected and served by others.
11. One's wealth will not be stolen or taken away.
12. One's wishes will all be fulfilled.
13. One will always have support of the nagas (Dragons) and Devas
14. In all lifetimes, one will see Buddha and be able to hear the Dharma.
15. One understands the profound meaning of the pure Dharma.

Those are the fifteen good births in a lifetime one can have by reciting the Great Compassion Dharani. Therefore Gods and people should practice it diligently. Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva straightened up, put his palms together in front of the Dharma assembly, smiled and recited this wonderful Great Satisfaction-Fearless-Great Compassion Heart Sutra: