Manjushri Meditation

The prayer to Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom, is recited by all the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism before starting the classes on all levels of teachings. It is said that there was a large conference in Nalanda University in India where more than 500 panditas (scholars) gathered. When they said prayers to Manjushri, this praise to him was simultaneously and spontaneously said by all the panditas. From then onwards this was used as the prayer to Manjushri by Mahayana Buddhist practitioners who were able to increase their power to learn and become great masters.

First we visualize Manjushri in the sky in front of us and repeat this prayer one time or three times or more depending on the time we have. Then we recite his root mantra for a while.

When closing the prayer we visualize that the light of Manjushri's supreme compassionate wisdom falls upon us and we receive the blessings which enrich our ability to learn the canons and their commentaries.

We don't have to have empowerment to say these prayers.

I prostrate before my guru and guardian,
The ennobling, impeccable Manjushri.

Your intelligence shines forth like the sun,
Free from the clouds of the two obscurations,
Enabling you to see the extent of all things and how they exist:
Thus, you hold a scriptural text to your heart.

Your affection for all of us masses who wander,
plagued with problems,
Groping in the darkness of ignorance
In the dungeons of our compulsive existence
Is like that for your only child:
Thus, your speech is melodious with sixty facets.

Its thunderous roar arouses us from the stupor
of our disturbing emotions,
Frees us from the iron chains of our karma,
Dispels the gloom of our lack of awareness,
And slashes our problems wherever they sprout:
Thus, you brandish a sword.

Pure from the core and having traversed the ten bhumis,
Your set of enlightening qualities is complete:
Thus, as a spiritual son of the Triumphant Ones,
Your body is bedecked with the enlightening adornments,
ten times ten, plus twelve.

Please remove the darkness from my mind.
O Manjushri, I bow down to you.

OM-A-RA-PA-TSA-NA-DHIH [repeat many times.]

DHIH-DHIH, DHIH-DHIH, DHIH-DHIH [repeat many times.]

Affectionate one, with light-rays of your supreme omniscience
Clear the darkness of naivety from my mind.

Direct me, please, so that confident intelligence emerges within
To comprehend fully the classic texts
of Buddha's words and the treatises on them.