Mundane siddhis

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The mundane siddhis (Skt. sādhāraṇasiddhi; T. thun mong gi dngos grub ཐུན་མོང་གི་དངོས་གྲུབ་; C. gongtong chenjiu 共同成就) are one of the two types of siddhis that can be attained through tantric practice. The other type of siddhi is the supreme siddhi (of enlightenment).

The mundane siddhis are similar in kind to those acquired by the practitioners of some non-Buddhist traditions, and are not regarded as ends in themselves. When they arise, however, they are taken as signs of progress on the path and are employed for the benefit of the teachings and disciples.[1]

Traditional texts typically identify a list of eight mundane siddhis (aṣṭa-sādhāraṇasiddhi). There are different versions of this list in traditional sources.

The Great Tibetan Dictionary identifies the following eight mundane siddhis:

1) the sword that enables one to travel through the sky and space,
2) pills that allow one to be invisible and shift shape,
3) eye salve that allows one to see any worldly form as nonexistent,
4) swift-footedness,
5) the ability to extract and sustain oneself on the essences of plants and minerals (including the practice of alchemy),
6) the ability to travel to celestial realms,
7) invisibility, and
8) the ability to extract treasures from the earth and provide beings with what they desire.[2]

Erik Pema Kunsang identifies the following eight mundane siddhis:

1) siddhi of flying in space (T. nam mkhar 'gro ba dngos grub [alt. nam mkhar 'gro ba'i dngos grub])
2) siddhi of seeing treasures under the ground (T. sa 'og gi gter mthong ba'i dngos grub)
3) siddhi of alchemy (T. gser 'gyur rtsi'i dngos grub)
4) siddhi of swift-footedness (T. rkang 'gyog gi dngos grub)
5) siddhi of the sword (T. ral gri'i dngos grub)
6) siddhi of the eye medicine of knowledge (T. mig sman gyi shes pa'i dngos grub)
7) siddhi of higher perceptions/superknowledges (T. mngon par shes pa'i dngos grub [alt. dngon par shes pa'i dngos grub])
8) siddhis mastered by humans, non-humans, kins, and so forth (T. mi dang mi ma yin pa dang mkha' 'gro ma sogs dbang du sdud pa'i dngos grub)[3]

Alternate translations

  • common attainments
  • common siddhis
  • mundande siddhis
  • ordinary accomplishments (Rigpawiki)
  • mundane spiritual accomplishments (Diety, Mantra, and Wisdom)


  1. Jigme Lingpa, Treasury of Precious Qualities, translated by Padmakara Translation Group, from the glossary.
  2. Jigme Lingpa; Patrul Rinpoche; Getse Mahapandita. Deity Mantra And Wisdom: Development Stage Meditation In Tibetan Buddhist Tantra, Glosary sv. "Mundane spiritual accomplishments".
  3. Rangjung a-circle30px.jpg thun_mong_gi_dngos_grub_brgyad, Rangjung Yeshe Wiki

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