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Dhāraṇī Sūtras

(5,738 words)

Author(s): Gergely Hidas
Dhāraṇī literature is one of the least-studied streams of Buddhist scriptural traditions. While the meaning of dhāraṇī is complex and context sensitive, those texts called dhāraṇī scriptures can be defined in most cases as works centered on a dhāraṇī spell. This diverse body of incantation literature has existed for some two millennia, and practices related to it have been popular and widespread up to the present time. Although several dhāraṇī scriptures and numerous individual dhāraṇī spells survive in Central, East, and Southeast Asia in Sanskrit, the present articl…