Sutra recitation is the quest for thorough comprehension of the doctrine
in the texts as the Buddha told, which all Buddhist practitioners need to
know, learn, and implement. Before knowing and learning anything about
the Dharma, the smartest approach is delving in and reciting. Whether by
rote or chanting aloud, knowing is the key. On comprehending, learning
and knowledge from the sutras naturally come by, and, on probing in
depth, wisdom, too.
Retaining a dharani is cultivating samadhi. The dharani denotes light that
enables mind and thought to concentrate in contemplation and the state
of samadhi to be attained. The dharani denotes purity such that no other
is ever denigrated. Most of all, the dharani is transmitted and conferred
by the Buddhas and bodhisattvas, a retainer of its words is enabled to
enter the state of samadhi, and its power erupts not from deities, ghosts,
or other forces, but from its retainer with mind and thought concentrated.
Like repeating the six-syllable mantra of great illumination, om mani
padme hum, running on with no break, contemplating its sounds and
tones without anxiously striving to grasp its message. Hence, once
concentrated, the faculty of mind returns to one state. Nothing else
remains undone. Such is how the power of the words of a dharani is
being traced back to the retainer. The dharani retained, peace of mind
is regained and cause readjusted. The retainer himself, too, continues
executing pure progress toward the reflection of virtue.