Maha Cundi Bodhisattva Personal Deity Practice
Start by praying for the root lineage blessing: First empty the mind. Next, visualize the Root Lineage
Guru appearing above your crown and radiating light on everyone present. Chant the Root Lineage
Guru Heart Mantra 7 times. Pray to the Root Lineage Guru to empower you so that the practice will
be auspicious. Visualize your parents, children, relatives, friends, and enemies join you in this
Wake Up Call: Clap twice, then cross hands and snap thumbs and middle fingers.
1. Recite the Purification Mantras and Earth God Mantra
2. Recite the Invocation Mantra
3. Tender the Great Homage with Visualization
4. Mandala Offering
5. Fourfold Refuge
6. Armor Protection
7. Recite the High King Avalokitesvara Sutra
8. Recite the Rebirth Mantra (7 times)
9. Recite the Root Lineage Guru Heart Mantra (108 times)
10. Mudra and Visualization
Maha Cundi Root Mudra: Interlace the little fingers and ring fingers of both
hands inside the palms. Extend the middle fingers so their tips touch.
Maneuver the index finger of each hand to press upon the back of each
corresponding middle finger. Bring the thumbs together so they touch side by
side. Hold the mudra in front of the chest.
Visualization: First empty the mind.
Chant the Emptiness Mantra:
Om, si-ba-wa, su-da, sa-er-wa, da-er-ma, si-ba-wa, su-do-hang. (3 times)
(1) Above an expanse of ocean is a stretch of clear sunny sky. A moon
disc rises from the ocean into the sky. Inside the moon disc is the
white Sanskrit seed syllable “zhun,” emitting light-yellow light.
(2) The seed syllable inside the moon disc revolves and transforms into
a majestic Maha Cundi Bodhisattva whose body is light-yellow.
Wearing a crown adorned with the image of a Buddha, Maha Cundi
has three eyes and eighteen arms. She wears a white celestial
garment and her arms are adorned with ornaments. While the original pair of hands hold the
Root Mudra, the other sixteen hands hold the following implements in a clockwise direction:
wish-fulfilling pennant, lotus, bathing vase, lasso, eight-spoke wheel, conch, precious vase,
wisdom chest, headdress, vajra scepter, hook, axe, heavenly fruit, mala beads, wisdom sword,
and Fearless Mudra.
(3) Visualize the third eye of Maha Cundi Bodhisattva emitting a brilliant white light that arches
and enters one’s body through the crown chakra, purifying the body into crystal white.
(4) Visualize the third eye at Maha Cundi Bodhisattva’s brow-point shine a brilliant light into
one’s third eye. Dwell on this visualization with utmost effort. (If one desires to open one’s
third eye, one needs to work on this visualization until there is a tingling sensation at the
11. Recite the Maha Cundi Bodhisattva Heart Mantra
Visualization: Hold mala beads in front of the chest and move each bead with the thumb during
chanting. Visualize the left hand transform into a vajra bell and the right hand into a vajra scepter.
The mother bead or emblem transforms into the Many-Jewels Buddha’s Stupa and the four
“divider beads” transform into the Four Heavenly Tutelaries. The tassel transforms into a “lotus
hand” while the string threading through the beads transforms into a circle of inherent white light
of Vajrasattva. During mantra chanting, when a bead is moved, visualize Maha Cundi appear
inside the bead and come to the forefront.
Mantra: Om, dze-lee dzu-lee, zhun-tee, so-ha. (108 times)
12. Entering Samadhi
(Nine Cycle Breathing, Entering of the Deity into Oneself, Release of Oneself into the Cosmic
Consciousness, Breath Counting)
13. Emerging from Samadhi
Great Sacred Cundi Deity, full of mercy and accomplishments, homage to you!
Great Compassionate Personal Deity, with grace and merit as vast as oceans, homage to you!
Great Powerful Mantra-holding Deity, subjugator of all demons and disasters, homage to you!
Great Boundless Fortune-bestowing Deity, fulfiller of wishes and revealer of Suchness, homage
Da-sheng zhun-ti zun, ai-min yu shi-jian, cheng-jiu zhu si-di, wo jin gong-jing li.
Da-ci zhun-ti-zun, wo jin wei ben-zun, fu-chi gong-de-hai, wo jin gong-jing li.
Da-li zhun-ti-zun, shan-zai ming-chi-wang, xiang-fu zhu mo-nan, wo jin gong-jing li.
Da-fu zhun-ti-zun, ru-yi wu-deng-deng, zheng-ru you mo-ni, wo jin gong-jing li.
14. Recite the Principal Heart Mantras
15. Recite the Buddha’s Name (3 times)
May I attain stability, wisdom, and enlightenment,
May I attain the opening of the third eye.
With the manifestation of the Pure Land of Maha Cundi,
May all beings arrive at the Buddha’s Path.
May all who uphold the name of Amitabha Buddha
Be born together in the Pure Land of His Western Paradise.
Recompense the Fourfold Generosity from above,
And aiding those who suffer in the Three Paths below.
Upon seeing the Buddha,
May I be liberated from the cycle of birth and death,
And may I develop the qualities of Buddhahood,
And thus free all who suffer.
I, ________ (your name), dedicate the merits of this practice to the Root Lineage Guru. May the
Root Lineage Guru always be healthy, remain in samsara, never enter nirvana, and forever turn
the dharma wheel. May everyone be healthy, free of hindrances, strong in cultivation, and may
all circumstances become auspicious.
May all supplications be completely fulfilled.
May all hindrances be removed. Wun!
17. Recite the Hundred Syllable Mantra (3 times)
18. Tender the Great Homage with Visualization
19. Recite the Completion Mantra
Om, Bu Lin. (3 times)
Om Mani Padme Hum.
Dismissal: Clap twice, then cross hands and snap thumbs and middle fingers.
End of Practice: May all endeavors be auspicious.
Xiu-fa yuan-man, ru-yi ji-xiang.