Great Dharani Resources

Here is a collection of resources that will hopefully be helplful to anyone who wants to know more about “The Great Dharani”.

Lokesh Chandra

•  Lokesh Chandra’s book-length study of the Great Dharani: “Thousand-armed Avalokitesvara”:
•  Lokesh Chandra paper: “Origin of Avalokitesvara of Potala”:
•  Another Lokesh Chandra paper: “Origin of Avalokita-svara/Avalokite-svara”:

Great Compassion Repentence

•  Chün-fang Yü’s “Kuan-yin : the Chinese transformation of Avalokitesìvara”, especially Chapter 7: “The Ritual of Great Compassion Repentance”.
•  “Great Compassion Repentance Service” in pdf format (with Chinese characters, transliteration, and English translation:
•  Great Compassion Repentance 大悲懺 – Guan Yin Session (City of Ten Thousand Buddhas):

The Great Compassion Dharani Sutra

•  The Great Compassion Dharani Sutra by Zhili:
•  “The Sutra on the Dharani of the Vast, Complete, and Unobstructed Great Compassion of the Bodhisattva Avalokite§vara with a Thousand Hands and a Thousand Eyes” by William J. Giddings (Chapter 26 in “Buddhism and Medicine : An Anthology of Premodern Sources“, ed. C. Pierce Salguero, Columbia University Press, 2017)

Commentaries / Translations

•  An abridged and edited version of Hsuan Hua’s commentary on the Great Dharani:
• “The Litany of the Great Compassionate One” Rev. Master Koten Benson


A series of talks given by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, in Seoul in July 2017, on “Compassion, Avalokiteshvara and the Thousand Hands Sutra 悲心、觀音與《千手經》”:

This site has the Korean version of the Great Dharani with both Hanja and Hangul and the “Sanksrit”:

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