mighty flame dharani (satb)


  • Catalog ID: S-467
  • First Line: namah samanta buddhanam
  • Composer: Reed Criddle
  • Voicing: satb
  • Accompaniment: wood block
  • Language: Sanskrit
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Other: new 2020
  • Score: View Score
  • Sound: Listen


Program Notes

Adhāraṇī is the Sanskrit word for a spoken recitation whose syllablesand sounds hold psychological and spiritual power in their utterance. In thissense, a dhāraṇī is synonymous with the word “mantra.” Its purpose is toelevate or free the mind. Its oration is also intended to help others.

Mighty Flame Dharani (Sanskrit: Jvala Mahaugra Dharani; Chinese: 消災吉祥神咒), can be recited in unexpected situations to resolve conflicts dueto negative karmic relationships from the past (e.g. lawsuits, financial loss,serious fights, and sudden illness). This mantra is also intended to dispelimpending disasters and comfort those with nightmares. For this reason, theChinese title translates into English as “Eliminating Misfortune Mantra.” Ifone were to follow custom, he or she would repeat this mantra continuouslytwenty-one, twenty-seven, or forty-nine times.

In Chinese Mahayana Buddhism, Mighty Flame Dharani is the second of the
Ten Short Mantras (十小咒), typically recited in morning chanting services at
Buddhist temples. One of the more esoteric traditions in Chinese Buddhism, these short mantras are believedto have been codified by a monk named Master Yulin (
玉琳國師). Yulin was the spiritual teacher of EmperorShunzhi (1638 – 1661), the third emperor of the Qing dynasty. Under Yulin’s tutelage, the Emperor convertedto Buddhism, having previously relied on a Jesuit missionary—Johann Adam Schall von Bell of Cologne—forreligious, political, astronomical, and technological counsel.

This piece was composed at Dharma Drum Mountain Monastery & Institute for Liberal Arts near Jinshan,Taiwan in February 2018.