Chanting Workshop: Friday 20th May – Thursday 26th May

THE KING OF PRAYERS The Extraordinary Aspiration of the Practice of Samantabhadra In Sanskrit: Samantabhadracarya Pranidhana : Chanting workshops

With Raji Ramanan

Chanting  Workshop

Friday 20th May – Thursday 26th May

The King of Prayers

The Extraordinary Aspiration of the Practice of Samantabhadra

In Sanskrit: Samantabhadracarya Pranidhana

This prayer is the  culminating section of the Gandavyuha sutra. Gandavyuha sutra in turn is the last chapter of Avatamsaka sutra.

This sutra narrates the story of a young seeker, Sudhana who is searching for a spiritual guide . And thus begins the story of an individual’s philosophical quest which has been told with great wisdom and skillful means .  Sudhana wants to  learn the ways of a bodhisattva under Manjushri  but Manjushri sends him to various teachers .The journey of Sudhana ends when he meets Samantabhadra  who gives him the Extraordinary Aspiration prayer During his journey, Sudhana meets a number of spiritual guides who tell him of their own practice in the bodhisattva path . His quest takes him from one teacher to the other until he meets Samantabhadra who in reality is the quintessential bodhisattva. At the request of Sudhana Samantabhadra  recites the " Extraordinary Aspiration " summarizing all the practices and views of a bodhisattva, the teachings of the  fifty-two teachers.

Also

Refuge slokas , Dedication verses from Bodhicharyavatara

The  workshop will have the following  Structures

  • Introduction to the meaning of the mantra for effective chanting.
  • Correct pronunciation .
  •  Chanting and meditation
  • Understanding seed syllables
  • Question-answer and practice session

 

Raji Ramanan 

 

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