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The Sūtra of the Questions of Brahmaviśeṣacintin
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 Complete Effulgence of Light Teaching
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
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The Sūtra of Pūrṇa’s Questions
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
The Sūtra on Eliminating Ajātaśatru’s Remorse
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
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The Account of the Noble Deeds of Śārdūlakarṇa
The Tantra of Caṇḍamahāroṣaṇa
The Sūtra of Maitreya’s Great Lion’s Roar
The Sūtra of the Chapter of the Bodhisattva Jñānottara’s Questions
The Sūtra on the Samādhi of the Four Youths
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Monastic Discipline, Chapter 2: On the Rite of Restoration
The Teaching on the Armor Array
The Teaching of the Armor
Array describes a dialogue between Buddha Śākyamuni and
the bodhisattva Anantamati. The sūtra is primarily
concerned with the great armor, a quality related to the
perfection of diligence. As such, it is no conventional
sort of diligence. Rather, donning it involves giving up
all apprehension of phenomena and engaging diligently on
the path with insight into the nature of phenomena. The
Buddha and Anantamati also discuss the nature of the
Great Vehicle and the great path, all the while
emphasizing their emptiness and lack of
The Great Collection Sūtra of The Incantations of Ratnaketu
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 Sāgara
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 Tantra of the Complete Enlightenment of Vairocana
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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Bhaiṣajyavastu Featured Text!
Monastic Discipline, Chapter 6: On Medicinal Materials
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Appendix to the Discourse Tantra
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The Compendium of Realities
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The Sūtra of the Quintessence of the Sun
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.
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