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The Mañjuśrī-Nāma-Saṃgīti. (Tibetan: འཇམ་དཔལ་མཚན་བརྗོདWylie: 'jam dpal mtshan brjod) (hereafter, Nama-samgiti) is considered amongst the most advanced teachings given by the Shakyamuni Buddha. It represents the pinnacle of all Shakyamuni Buddha's teachings, being a tantra of the nondual (advaya) class, along with the Kalachakra Tantra.

The Nama-samgiti was preached by Shakyamuni Buddha for his disciple Vajrapani and his wrathful retinue in order to lead them into buddhahood. The essence of the Nama-samgiti is that Manjushri bodhisattva is the embodiment of all knowledge. The Nama-samgiti is a short text, only circa 160 verses and a prose section. It is a fraction of the vast Sutras such as Avatamsaka Sutra and Prajñāpāramitā Sutras or the endless ocean of tantras such as manjushri-mula-kalpa and the mountainous Hinayana teachings and sea of sundry extra-canonical works. And yet, the Nama-samgiti contains all of the Buddha's dharmas. It summarizes everything he taught. As Shakyamuni Buddha says of the Nama-samgiti, it is "the chief clarification of words". It is the "nondual reality". Therefore all sentient beings should definitely study and recite the manjushri-nama-samgiti.

Alternative titles

  • "manjushrijnanasattvasya-paramartha-namasamgiti" (full Sanskrit title) lit. "The chanting of the names of Manjushri , the embodiment of supreme knowledge"
  • Āryamañjuśrīnāmasaṃgīti ཨཱརྱ་མཉྫུ་ཤྲཱི་ནཱ་མ་སཾ་གི་ཏི
  • Tibetan: འཕགས་པ་འཇམ་དཔལ་གྱི་མཚན་ཡང་དག་པར་བརྗོད་པ
  • Tibetan: འཕགས་པ་འཇམ་དཔལ་གྱི་དོན་དམ་པའི་མཚན་ཡང་དག་པར་བརྗོད་པ
  • Tibetan: རྒྱུད་ཐམས་ཅད་ཀྱི་རྒྱལ་པོ་འཕགས་པ་འཇམ་དཔལ་གྱི་མཚན་ཡང་དག་པར་བརྗོད་པWylie: rgyud thams cad kyi rgyal po 'phags pa 'jam dpal gyi mtshan yang dag par brjod pa

See also

Further reading

  • Davidson, Ronald M. (1981) The Litany of Names of Manjushri - Text and Translation of the Manjushri-nama-samgiti, in Strickmann (ed.) Tantric and Taoist Studies (R.A. Stein Festschrift), Brussels: Institut Belge des Hautes Etudes Chinoises (Melanges Chinois et Bouddhiques, vol. XX-XXI) 1981
  • Wayman, Alex (1985), Chanting the Names of Mañjuśrī: The Mañjuśrī-Nāma-Saṃgīti, Shambhala, 1985. [Reprint Motilal Banarsidass Publishers. Delhi 2006. ISBN 812081653]
  • Lāl, Banārasī (1986) Āryamañjuśrī-nāma-saṃgīti:A Text-Analysis in Dhīḥ 1 1986 p. 220–238


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