Dharani of Being Different

Dharani, the root of which is dhr, “to hold” or “to convey,” is ordinarily translated by the Chinese tsung-ch‘ih, “general holder,” or neng-ch‘ih, “that which holds.” A dharani is considered as holding magical power in it or bearing deep meaning. When it is pronounced, whatever evil spirits there are ready to interfere with the spiritual effect of a ritual, are kept away from it. —D. T. Suzuki, Manual of Zen Buddhism, 21.

21 July 1981