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The ringing staff causes the accomplishment of the practice of gnosis; causes the accomplishment of vast learning; engenders an unhindered understanding of worldly and transcendent wisdom, virtue and nonvirtue, the conditioned and unconditioned, and the contaminated and uncontaminated; and it causes the accomplishment of wisdom. Therefore, it is called the staff of gnosis.
Trust in the Great Vehicle of the bodhisattvas should be viewed as the sun because it brings light to endless beings through limitless wisdom.
Trust in the Great Vehicle of the bodhisattvas should be viewed as a great cloud because it leads to the endless rain of Dharma.
Relative phenomena, even relatively,
Have never arisen and will not arise,
Just as a drawing does not exist
When it is traced in space
Those who remember the name Glorious Supremely Golden Light
Will, in all lives, have no trouble becoming
Mighty lords with glorious and radiant appearances.
Their minds will become unobstructed and limitless.
If they are adorned with love, then there will be no anger toward any being.
If they are adorned with compassion, then no beings will be abandoned.
If they are adorned with joy, then one will not be discouraged.
If they are adorned with equanimity, then attachment and anger will be abandoned.
Those who are free of the notion of being
And understand the teaching that there are no beings
Will correctly avoid reifying the fact
That phenomena are beyond reification.
The mind that relates to objects
Like a bee unattached to a flower's nectar
Or a bird leaving no trace in the sky,
Is a mind, O King, that reaches buddhahood.
Lord of Humans, always bear in mind
That existence is without any essence,
And strive ceaselessly
In the teachings of the Buddha.
It is to no longer hold on to the habitual basis of a self.
It is to no longer apprehend an other.
It is to not think highly of one’s own life.
It is to not enter saṃsāra.
Immaculate one without impurities, hero free of desire,
Your three eyes are purified and there is no obscuration to your wisdom.
You have given up hate, rejecting the three kinds of moral filth and harshness.
To the awakened one with no impurities, I bow.
With a strong editorial team, we award text-specific grants to translation teams around the world, working collaboratively to ensure accurate and credible translations of Classical Tibetan Buddhist texts that will form a cohesive Canon upon completion. We integrate new publication technologies in order to deliver these 231,800 pages of the wisdom to you, in English, online, for free.
As of 2010, only 5% of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon had been translated out of Classical Tibetan—a language facing a serious threat to its survival. In ten years, we have published or have in-translation over 36,000 pages of the Kangyur, not only making deeper international academic inquiry possible, but as our readership grows around the world, we put the wisdom that the Canon contains at the fingertips of readers like you.
Our work relies upon the dedicated and collaborative effort of scholars, professionals, volunteers, advisors, and sponsors around the world. We work remotely and online, across timezones and continents, and we greatly value each and every member of our team. This virtual teamwork has been a major source of both pride and humility as we produce accurate and credible translations and make them available to you online, for free.
Buddhism is replete with symbolic objects. As their subject matter, these two closely related texts take one symbolic article known as “the ringing staff” – one of the requisites of a fully ordained monastic. Read more »
Cultivating Trust in the Great Vehicle unfolds at Vulture Peak Mountain, where the Buddha, surrounded by a great number of bodhisattvas from the human and nonhuman realms and many monks and limitless other beings, gives a discourse on the nature of trust in the Great Vehicle. Read more »
Imagine if your to-do list had 4,500 items on it. Ours does. The people who direct and manage the process of reviewing the translations, editing, proofreading, and marking them up, are the members of our growing Editorial Team. As far as we are concerned, they are the heart of 84000. Read more »
In response to 2020’s unique challenges, our first fully, digital outreach initiative—Sūtras for Well-Being—supports our global community in feeling inspired, connected, and uplifted, offering a multimedia look at the sūtras traditionally recited for resilience and well-being in times of adversity, and the stories behind them. Read more »
It feels somewhat bittersweet to share the news that after eleven years helping to incubate, develop, and advise 84000, Cangioli Che is stepping down from the Executive Committee. Since 2009, Cangioli has been instrumental in building the foundations to allow 84000 to become what we are today. Read more »
The overarching principle in The Jewel Mine is the understanding that there have been innumerable buddhas before the Buddha Śākyamuni, and that there will be an infinite number of buddhas after him, each presiding over their individual buddha realms. Read more »
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The Questions of the Nāga King Sāgara takes place in the unusual setting of the nāga king Sāgara’s court deep in the ocean. Here the Buddha gives a discourse on the importance of avoiding the ten nonvirtuous deeds. Read more »
The Chapter Teaching the Purification of Boundless Gateways is the second scripture among the forty-nine sūtras included in the Heap of Jewels (Ratnakūṭa) collection in the Degé Kangyur. The sūtra takes the form of a conversation between the Buddha and the bodhisattva Anantavyūha. Read more »
The Questions of Brahmadatta begins with the bodhisattva Amoghadarśin departing from the Jeta Grove of Śrāvastī, where the Buddha is residing. Together with more than five hundred bodhisattvas, he travels to the region of Pañcāla, where King Brahmadatta requests Amoghadarśin to impart teachings to him and his citizens. Read more »
The subject matter of this sūtra is indicated by the alternative title suggested by the Buddha himself in its conclusion: The Teaching That Clarifies Karma. In the opening section, the merchant Pratibhānamati, expresses concern about the state of society and what will become of the saṅgha in times to come. Read more »