Parnashawari Dharani

Parnashawari (Loma Gyonma in Tibetan) is one of the 21 Taras. She is sometimes referred to as the "Mountain Recluse" and shown in a skirt made from leaves. Within Tibetan Buddhism and medicine, She is the "Patron Deity" of herbal medicine. Her other special function is to prevent and cure all infectious, epidemic diseases and plagues. The doctors and medical students at Chakpori Ling, the medical college in Lhasa (unfortunately destroyed by the Chinese in 1959), included the invocation of Parnashawari as part of their daily opening prayers. The following dharani is from the Zung Du (Collection of Dharani) from the Kangyur and can be read or recited by anyone without oral transmission (lung). I am offering the following translation to any healthcare practitioners or patients who would like to begin practicing Parnashawari/Loma Gyonma.

 

Arya Parnashawari Dharani

 

I prostrate to the Three Jewels.

I prostrate to Tathagata, Arhat, Sam-yak Sam-Buddha Amitabha.

I prostrate to the Bodhisatva Mahasatva Arya Avalokiteshwara, Ishvara, [Powerful Lord], Great Compassionate [One,] Possessor [of Great Abilities].

I prostrate to the Bodhisatva Mahasatva [Vajrapani], Possessor of Great Power.

I prostrate to You, the dwarf.

Bhagawati, the dwarf Pishachi,

Mountain recluse, Parnashawari, Pishachi, to You I prostrate.

[Oh You Who] wields a lasso and battle-ax -- whatever and all of the 36 fears which may occur,

Whatever epidemic diseases may also occur,

Whatever causes of death may likewise occur,

Absolutely whatever causes of death may likewise occur,

Whatever injuries may occur,

Whatever conflicts may occur,

Whatever internal injuries may occur,

Including any of those occurring to infants,

For the skilled, it is not so, since

By the truth and the authenticity of [these] words, they will be destroyed. They will be destroyed!

By the blessings of those skilled in secret mantra,

May so-and-so [insert name] be protected from the very source of these.

May [he/she/we] be completely protected.

May [he/she/we] be completely held.

May [he/she/we] be completely nurtured.

May there be peace and happiness [for them/us].

May [he/she/we] be parted from negativity.

May [he/she/we] be parted from weapons.

May suffering be subjugated.

May suffering be extinguished.

May it be terminated.

May it be bound by the earth.

 

TAD-YA-THA

OM A-MRI-TE

AH-SHWA STANG-GE

MAH-MAH-RAH

MAH-MA-RA

SHA-MAH-PAH-RA

SHA-MA U-PA-SHA-MAH

TU-NU-PIH

NU-TU-TU-TU

TU-MU-LE SO-HA

NA-MA SHA-WA-RI NA-NAN-NA

OM PI-SHA PAR-NA-SHA-WA-RI PI-SHA-TSI SO-HA

OM PAR-NA-SHA-WA-RI HUNG PHET

OM ANG-GU-RE

MAN-GU-RE PAR-NA-SHA-WA-RI-YE SO-HA

OM PI-SHA-TSI PAR-NA-SHA-WA-RI SO-HA

SAR-WA MA-RI-PAH SHA-MA-NI

SAR-WA DUSH-TA NA-NI BAN-DHA MU-GA-NA HUNG PHET SO-HA

[Thus] the Dharani of the Mountain Recluse, Arya Parnashawari, is completed.