In this concise text, Vajrapāṇi, through the power and blessings of the Buddha and all bodhisattvas, proclaims a series of powerful dhāraṇī-mantras. The text concludes with verses on the benefits of the dhāraṇī and a simple ablution ritual.
In this sūtra, the Buddha Śākyamuni tells a group of monks how they should respond when asked about the karmic benefits accrued by patrons who create representations of the Buddha. He explains five kinds of benefits that such virtuous deeds bring.
在本經中，大智文殊師利菩薩祈請世尊說最上乘智慧之法，對於佛法中的基本概念與分類，不否認其“世俗有”而揭示其“勝義空”。佛陀遂以一種看似悖謬的方式進行教導。首先宣說：無正覺，亦無佛之功德，然而菩薩欲得佛果。繼而以類似方式，連續舉出佛法與凡夫法的諸多差別，卻又同時指出兩者本性相同。由此點出本經之一大要旨：凡夫法不離諸佛法，亦不在諸佛法。何以故？金剛場陀羅尼中，無有分別，法爾如是。自貪嗔癡至證悟佛果，一切諸法悉皆平等，空無自性，本來清凈，無縛無解。 Read more »
In The Dhāraṇī of the Vajra Quintessence, the bodhisattva of wisdom Mañjuśrī asks the Buddha to propound a teaching on the highest wisdom that questions foundational Buddhist concepts and categories from an ultimate standpoint without denying their conventional efficacy. Read more »
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經文開篇記敘了一個瑞相，預示海龍王即將來到王舍城靈鷲山見佛。在海龍王與佛陀的長篇對話中，佛陀就區分相對實相與究竟實相的諸多問題作出開示，一再強調建立空性智慧最為重要。隨後，佛陀應邀前往海中龍宮，為龍王詳說其前世，由此開演無盡之藏總持門。佛在龍宮不僅就諸多主題給予教授，還調解了天人與阿修羅之間、龍族與金翅鳥之間的長期爭端。而後佛陀返回靈鷲山，與阿闍世王交談，並對海龍王作出授記。 Read more »
The Questions of Nāga King Sāgara begins with a miracle that portends the coming of Nāga King Sāgara to Vulture Peak Mountain in Rājagṛha. The nāga king engages in a lengthy dialogue with the Buddha on various topics pertaining to the distinction between relative and ultimate reality, all of which emphasize the primacy of insight into emptiness. Read more »