Prayer to Manjushri

Manjushri
    Obeisance to my Guru and protector Manjushri,
    Who holds to his heart a scriptural text symbolic of his seeing all things as they are;
    Whose understanding shines forth as the sun, unclouded by defilements or traces of ignorance;
    Who teaches in sixty ways, with the patient love of a father for his only son, all creatures caught in the prison of samsara, confused in the darkness of their ignorance, overwhelmed by their suffering.
    You, whose dragon-thunder proclamation of the Dharma arouses us from the stupor of our delusions and frees us from the iron chains of our karma;
    Whose powerful sword of wisdom hews down suffering wherever its sprouts appear clearing away the darkness of all ignorance;
    Whose princely body is adorned with the one hundred and twelve marks of a buddha,
    Who has completed the ten stages achieving the highest perfection of a bodhisattva,
    Who has been pure from the beginning;
    O Manjushri, all-loving one, with the brilliance of your wisdom, illuminate the darkness enclosing my mind.
    Enlighten my intelligence and wisdom so that I may gain insight into Buddha’s words
    And the texts that explain them.

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