Brief segment of the larger book. (Sorry for the ugly link, couldn’t view or copy the original link without being taken to the download).
Here we have a discussion of the mnemonic nature of a subset of Buddhist mantras (modern unhistoric definition). It revolves around lists and repetition.
I’ve only memorized the heart sutra thus far, and the numbered abbreviations were stickier, and the groups of opposites seemed more memorable, than single lines half their length.
It seems that this list making method would be a great method for the pretreatment of information to be stored using the method of loci, and also synergistic with learning methods in general. Perhaps it’s memorability is part of what made Buddhism a popular success in the world