Movie: The Shurangama Righteousness (2017) with English Subtitles

A Dharma movie about the Śūraṅgama Sūtra (which contains the Sitātapatra Uṣṇīṣa Dhāraṇī {also known to Tibetans as the White Umbrella Canopy Mantra}). In order for it to be transmitted to China, the Indian elder monk, Master Paramiti, cut and opened up his own biceps to insert a micronized version of it and sewed the wound back shut, so that he could pass undetected through the highly guarded checkpoints at the Indian border. And because of such heroic efforts on his part, the sūtra was finally able to be transmitted to China, for all of us to be able to keep the dharma well and alive for many more generations to come. The rest of the movie contains the contents of the actual sūtra.

Official synopsis: The buddhist sutra educational film, ‘The Shurangama Righteousness’, was produced by the ShiFang Leng Yan Academy of Rui Ji Si Monastery in Fujian, China. Made in 2015 -2017, the film is based on the chinese Mahayana buddhist text, the ‘Sutra of the Foremost Shurangama’. It opens with the transmission of the Sutra from India to China by the Elder Monk, Master Paramiti, during the Tang Dynasty, and its translation from sanskrit to chinese at a monastery in Guangzhou, China. The translators’ dialogue in the film forms the narrative backdrop for unfolding the story of Ananda’s predicament involving a Matanga woman, how he was later rescued by the Buddha with the power of the Shurangama Mantra, and Buddha instructing on the way to ulimate enlightenment (First chapter of the Sutra). Besides presenting the essence of the Sutra, the film also unveils the historical and harmonious cultural and religious interactions between the people of the 2 advanced ancient civilisations. It also gives us a glimpse into the lives of the ordinary people and the monastics during Buddha’s time when India was under the rule of King Prasenajit. The film was presented at various in-house viewing sessions organised by the Buddhist community in China in 2017. The film has far-reaching influence and was well-received by both Buddhist devotees and other movie viewers.