Praise to Mañjuśrī: A Translation

One of the most popular prayers in Bhutan is the praise to Mañjuśrī called Praise to the Noble Qualities of the Excellent Pristine Wisdom  (དཔལ་ཡེ་ཤེས་ཡོན་ཏན་བཟང་པོའི་བསྟོད་པ།). Its composition is often attributed to one Vajrayudha though it also claimed to have been composed by 500 paṇḍitas. According to popular tradition, 500 paṇḍitas in India were each asked to write a praise to Mañjuśrī but when they submitted their individual writings, all of them supplied the same content, a miraculous result that was believed to be a manifestation of Mañjuśrī’s blessings.

Regardless of its authorship, this is by far among the most common prayers to Mañjuśrī used in the Himalayan Buddhist world. Scholars and students recite this prayer every day in order to invoke the blessings of intelligence and wisdom from Mañjuśrī, who is the Buddha of Wisdom and the epitome of pristine awareness.

༈ བླ་མ་དང་མགོན་པོ་རྗེ་བཙུན་འཇམ་དཔལ་དབྱངས་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ།།

Homage to the guru and protector lord Mañjuśrīgosha.



Your wisdom, free from the clouds of two obscurations, is immaculate and brilliant like the sun. It can see all phenomena correctly. Thus, [to symbolise this] you hold a book at your heart.



All those hosts of sentient beings bewildered in the darkness of ignorance in the prison of existence and tormented by suffering, you love like your only child. Your speech is endowed with sixty forms of melodies.



It resonates like thunder to wake [us] from the slumber of delusion and release [us] from the chains of evil actions. You hold the sword which clears the darkness of ignorance and cuts every sprout of suffering.



Primordially pure, you have reached the end of the ten stages and embody all noble qualities. You are the eldest of the Buddha’s heirs, adorned with a hundred and twelve ornaments. You are the dispeller of my mind’s darkness. To Mañjuśrī, I pay homage.

This prayer is considered to be the most powerful supplication and the essence of all prayers to Mañjuśrī. Those who seek intelligence, learning, and wisdom are urged to chant this prayer while cultivating full awareness of Mañjuśrī, his sublime qualities, and his activities to benefit the world that leads sentient beings to enlightenment. Chanting this prayer is said to help one attain intelligence, clarity, memory, wisdom, eloquence, learning, and eventually, enlightenment.


Karma Phuntsho is the Director of Shejun Agency for Bhutan’s Cultural Documentation and Research, the President of the Loden Foundation and the author of The History of Bhutan. The piece was initially published in Bhutan’s national newspaper Kuensel as part of a series called “Why We Do What We Do.”


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A translation of the Praise to the Noble Qualities of the Excellent Pristine Wisdom  (དཔལ་ཡེ་ཤེས་ཡོན་ཏན་བཟང་པོའི་བསྟོད་པ།) dedicated to Mañjuśrī as recited in Bhutan.

Collection Bhutan Cultural Library
Visibility Public - accessible to all site users (default)
Author Karma Phuntsho
Editor Ariana Maki
Year published 2017
Original year published 2016