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The Mine of JewelsSummary
In this sūtra Buddha Śākyamuni recounts how the Thus-Gone Sarvārthasiddha purified the buddha realms in his domain. In his explanation, Buddha Śākyamuni emphasizes the view of the Great Vehicle, which is the necessary framework for all bodhisattvas who aspire to attain “liberation devoid of obscuration.” The attendant practices taught by the Buddha are the six perfections of generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom. The Buddha explains each of these six perfections in three distinct ways as he recounts the past lives of Buddha Sarvārthasiddha. First, he describes how Sarvārthasiddha learned the practices that purify buddha realms, namely the six perfections. Next, he explains how to seal these six virtuous practices with the correct view so that they become perfections. Finally, he recounts how Sarvārthasiddha as a bodhisattva received instructions for enhancing the potency of the perfections.
The Samādhi of The Magical Display that Ascertains What is PeaceSummary
In this sūtra Buddha Śākyamuni teaches how bodhisattvas irreversibly attain complete awakening by relying on an absorption known as the Miraculous Ascertainment of Peace. He describes the qualities of this absorption and how to train in it. Finally, he explains how through this training a bodhisattva develops the qualities of the Great Vehicle and eventually awakens to the state of buddhahood.
The Sūtra of the Questions of BrahmaviśeṣacintinSummary
In this sūtra, Buddha Śākyamuni and a number of bodhisattvas, elders and gods in the assembly have a lively exchange clarifying many key points of the Mahāyāna Dharma, including such topics as the four truths, the origin of cyclic existence, and the identity of the buddhas, while praising the qualities of the followers of the Mahāyāna, the bodhisattvas.
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The Sūtra of the Ornament of the Buddhas, Chapter 43: The Teaching on the Emergence of the Tathāgata
The Complete Effulgence of Light TeachingSummary
Initiated by questions put by Candraprabhākumārabhūta, The Teaching on the Effulgence of Light comprises a series of teachings related to the lights emitted by awakened beings as the manifestation of their spiritual achievements. Amid the display of his miraculous powers, the Buddha describes the specific qualities associated with each of those lights, and he repeatedly emphasizes the fact that such lights are a natural expression of the insight into the emptiness of all phenomena. The sūtra is also concerned with other general themes such as the qualities required by followers of the Great Vehicle and the practice of generosity.
The Sūtra of Pūrṇa’s QuestionsSummary
In Veṇuvana outside Rājagṛha, Pūrṇa Maitrāyaniputra asks the Buddha about the way bodhisattvas practice on the path to awakening. The Buddha replies by describing the attitudes that bodhisattvas must possess as well as their benefits. Then, at the request of Maudgalyāyana, the Buddha presents accounts of several of his past lives where he himself practiced bodhisattva conduct. At the end of the teaching, the Buddha instructs the assembly on how to deal with specific objections to his teachings that outsiders might raise after he himself has passed into nirvāṇa.
The Sūtra of the Questions of the Kinnara King DrumaSummary
Initiated by the questions of the bodhisattva Devamukuṭa, The Questions of the Kiṃnara King Druma consists of series of teachings given by the Kiṃnara King Druma within a rich narrative framework where music plays a central role in teaching the Dharma. This sūtra presents a variety of well-known Mahāyāna Buddhist themes, but special attention is given to the six bodhisattva perfections and the perfection of skillful means, as well as to the doctrine of emptiness that is discussed throughout the text.
The Sūtra on Eliminating Ajātaśatru’s RemorseSummary
This sūtra begins with a discussion between Mañjuśrī and his twenty five disciples. After giving a discourse, Mañjuśrī emanates a form of Buddha Śākyamuni so his bodhisattva students can discuss the Dharma with him. Later the Buddha summons Mañjuśrī. While instructing and testing Subhūti with a miracle, he gives Mañjuśrī an opportunity to demonstrate his superior wisdom. Eventually King Ajātaśatru comes to see the Buddha and shows his remorse for his evil deeds. The Buddha instructs the king to invite Mañjuśrī for alms. In the process of inviting him, they engage in a lengthy discussion. Throughout the entire night before traveling to see the king, Mañjuśrī instructs his many bodhisattva students on dhāraṇī, the nature of bodhisattva trainings, and the irreversible wheel of wisdom.
The Sūtra of the Wheel of No Reversions
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The Dhāraṇi of the Jewel Torch
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Monastic Discipline, Chapter 2: On the Rite of Restoration
The Great Collection Sūtra of The Incantations of RatnaketuSummary
The Ratnaketu Dhāraṇī is one of the core texts of the Mahāsannipāta collection of Mahāyāna sūtras that dates back to the formative period of the Mahāyāna canon, from the 1st to the 3rd century. It recounts the events from the life of Buddha Śākyamuni and some of his main followers and opponents, both human and non-human. It has a rich narrative and includes in its contents Dharma instructions, often woven into the stories from the past lives of the Buddha. It represents two distinctive sūtra genres, the vyākaraṇa and the dhāraṇī, as it includes, respectively, prophecies of the future attainment of buddhahood by some of the Buddha’s followers, and the magical formulae called dhāraṇī meant to ensure the survival of the Buddha’s teachings and the prosperity of practitioners.
The Questions of Gaganagañja
The Questions of the Nāga King SāgaraSummary
In The Questions of Nāga King Sāgara, a miracle portends the coming of Nāga King Sāgara to Vulture Peak Mountain, near Rājagṛha. The nāga king engages in a lengthy dialogue with the Buddha about many topics straddling the dichotomy of relative and ultimate, all of which emphasize the primacy of insight into emptiness. The Buddha then journeys to King Sāgara’s home in the ocean and reveals details of the king’s past lives in order to introduce the inexhaustible casket dhāraṇī. In the ocean, he teaches on many topics and acts as peacemaker, addressing the ongoing conflicts between the gods and demigods, and the nāgas and garuḍas. Upon returning to Vulture Peak, the Buddha dialogues with King Ajātaśatru and provides Nāga King Sāgara’s prophecy.
The Sūtra of the Teaching of Akṣayamati
The Sūtra of the Deliberation on the Dharma
The Tantra of the Complete Enlightenment of Vairocana
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The Precious Extensive Scripture on the Infinite Perfection of the Illustrious One’s Gnosis
The Buddha’s renowned disciple, the monk Pūrṇa Maitrāyaṇīputra, oversees the construction of a mansion
dedicated to the Buddha. When the project’s sponsor suggests that the building may be used by the Saṅgha
in the event of the Buddha’s absence, Pūrṇa argues that no-one but an omniscient buddha may rightly take
up residence there. Enumerating qualities that are unique to a buddha’s perfect awakening, Pūrṇa then delivers
a lengthy exposition that relates each of these qualities to the knowledge of the four truths. Following
Pūrṇa’s teaching, the sponsor invites the Buddha and his followers to the inauguration of the newly built
structure. They arrive, flying through the sky. On their return from the inauguration, the Buddha pauses
with his monks on the shores of the ocean where he receives the worship of the nāga kings. This serves as
prelude to the sūtra’s most voluminous section, spanning more than half of the scripture. Here the buddha
explains how specific events in his past lives contributed to his knowledge of the four truths, and how those
events ultimately served to accomplish the unfolding of his wisdom.
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Monastic Discipline, Chapter 6: On Medicinal Materials
Appendix to the Discourse Tantra
The Compendium of Realities
The Sūtra of the Quintessence of the SunSummary
The Quintessence Of the Sun is a long and heterogeneous sūtra containing eleven chapters. In the Kalandaka Bamboo Grove of Rājagṛha, the Buddha first explains to a great assembly gathered around him the severe consequences of stealing what has been offered to monks and the importance of protecting those who abide by the Dharma. The next section describes bodhisattvas sent from buddha realms in the four directions to bring dhāraṇīs to this world. While explaining those dhāraṇīs, the Buddha then presents various meditations on repulsivenessand instructions on the empty nature of phenomena. On the basis of another long narrative involving Māra and groups of nāgas, detailed teachings on astrology are also introduced, as well as a new dhāraṇi, and a list of sacred locations blessed by the presence of bodhisattvas.
The Sūtra, The Supremely Victorious Golden Light
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Equals an image of the Buddha:
Therefore a wise person
Should write down the Tripitaka.
In the Dharma of the Buddha
There are 84000 teachings
Therefore, where there is a Tripitaka
There will be 84000 Buddhas.”
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