A Dharmic Method for Dealing with Post-election Anxieties

I know many people who are both anxious and depressed after our recent election here in the U.S. People worry about the course of our democracy and the maintenance of our civil liberties. For all my friends in the Dharma, I'd like to offer a means given by Lord Buddha Himself for helping to avoid problems with the government, taxation in all its forms, courts and litigation, and one's neighbors. It is called The Sutra of the Black Lawsuit. By reciting this sutra every day, Lord Buddha promises that one will not have problems with the law, taxation, suits, or one's neighbors and community, and, if one does somehow become involved in such a problem, the sutra gives a method of winning the suit or extricating oneself from it. However, to get these benefits, one has to recite the sutra daily and one has to have faith in the words of the Buddha. The more you recite this sutra, the more power it will have to do its job. It's the same as accumulating the power of a mantra. Below is the sutra as I recite it every day. Good luck and best wishes.

The Arya Black Lawsuit Sutra

Gya-gar ked-du: Arya Khadum Dharma Tapaye Nama Mahayana Sutra

Bod ked-du: Phag-pa Kha-chu Nag-po Zhi-war Jed-pa Zhe-ja-wa Theg-pa Chen-poi Do

 I prostrate to all the Buddhas and Bodisatvas.

Thus I have heard:

Once the Blessed One was teaching in Kosala surrounded by many beings. At that time, a layman named Endowed With Beauty, surrounded by his entire family, stood up and made this lamentation:

“Alas, Blessed One, we who live in this kingdom are punished by the King’s taxation. Contentious neighbors dispute with us. Many people are disturbing us. Enemies want to engage us in litigation, prosecute us, and cause us many kinds of problems. Oh Blessed One, please protect us from all these calamities!”

Then the Blessed One replied: 

“Layman, do not be afraid of all these lawsuits and court cases. There is a sutra called 'The Black Lawsuit' which will pacify all this negative litigation which I will explain in detail. 

"I prostrate to the Three Jewels. I prostrate to the Five Families of Deities.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK SAM-BUD-DHA-YA

TAD-YA-THA

OM MU-NE MU-NE MA-HA MU-NE RAK-SHA

SAR-WA PUSH-TIM KU-RU SAR-WA TA-THA-GA-TA A-TISH-THA-NA A-DHISH-THI-TE MA-MA SAR-WA RAK-SHA RAK-SHA SO-HA

OM KHA-DUM RAK-SHA

OM KHA-CHU SOD-TRA RAK-SHA

OM NI-WA-RA-SA-NA RAK-SHA HA-RA HA-RA RAK-SHA RAK-SHA SO-HA 

“Oh layman Endowed With Beauty, hold this completely. Remember this. Recite this. Show this to others. By doing this, any punishment by the government, conflicts, anger, and competition – all these negative activities which cause interference and suffering – will be reversed. In particular, recite this mantra:

TAD-YA-THA

OM BA-DZRA PA-NI MA-MA RAK-SHA RAK-SHA

OM JYO-DOG KHA-CHU MA-RA-YA PHET

SA-MA-YA DU RAK-SHA HUNG HUNG PHET PHET SO-HA 

“For I and all my retinue, pacify all negative activities of the Maras. Pacify all the past negative deeds from our ancestors and their ghosts. Pacify all enmity, karmic debts of family and relatives, obstructions and obstacles caused by bad years and bad months. Pacify all misfortune. Pacify all disputes and conflicts and persecution by the government. Pacify those who seek to prosecute us with lawsuits and those who wish to slander us. Pacify those with malicious thoughts toward us and those who create bad influences. With this mantra, reverse all these obstacles. Those who are angry will become calm. All legal disputes, ancestral ghosts, curses of the Mamo, contagious diseases, and all bad omens will be pacified and all will become peaceful and harmonious.

“Oh son of the [noble] Family, this sutra called 'The Black Lawsuit' was previously blessed by all the past Tathagatas. I am now teaching this just as Those in the past once did. You must keep this and recite it daily. All fear will be dispelled. All legal cases and misfortunes will be reversed. In addition, all sickness, causes of sickness, all disturbances caused by spirits, all negative energy caused by bad years and months, and all negative predictions will be dispelled.”

Then Manjushri stood up from His seat and addressed the Blessed One, “What will be the name of this sutra and how should we practice it?” 

[The Blessed One] replied, “ Manjushri, this sutra shall be named 'The Black Lawsuit.'”

Manjushri proclaimed:

“Good, good. I will protect all who keep this great and profound sutra. I will save them. I will dispel all the harsh words of others.”

[Then the Blessed One] said:

“Whenever you are involved with a legal dispute, you should recite this sutra seven times [and] meditate on Manjushri. By doing so, your opponent’s anger will be completely dissolved. Moreover, your words will have power and influence so that whatever you say will be respected and held to be true.”

When the Blessed One had said this, the layman Endowed With Beauty and the world with its Gods, humans, Asuras, and Gandharvas rejoiced [and] had faith in the words spoken by the Blessed One.

[Thus] the Arya Mahayana Sutra called the Black Lawsuit is completed.