Sanskrit Manuscripts : Vasudhārādhāraṇī

Sanskrit Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'> The <i>Vasudhāradhāraṇī</i>, dedicated to Vasudhārā, the <i>bodhisattva</i> of wealth, prosperity, and abundance (who has a strong following among the Newar Buddhists of the Kathmandu valley), is taught by the Buddha in Kauśāmbī to the rich merchant and layman Sucandra. He has been reduced to poverty and so requests a sermon from the Lord so that he may provide for his own family and so that all beings may become prosperous. This scripture includes a <i>dhāraṇī</i> along with enumerations of benefits and ritual instructions for use. As testified also by this paper manuscript, dated 1740 CE and clearly written in a jaina scriptorium, the Buddhist <i>Vasudhāradhāraṇī</i> is a text in use also within Jainism (See Jaini 1968). </p>


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