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New Publication: The Teaching of Akṣayamati

17 Sep 2020

For a period of about a thousand years after the beginning of the common era, The Teaching of Akṣayamati had a significant influence on Buddhist thought. The eighty so-called “imperishabilities” (akṣaya) described in the sūtra—qualities to be possessed by the bodhisatvas—were considered to contain the whole way of religious development of the Mahāyāna. Read more »

New Publication: The Dwelling Place of Mañjuśrī

10 Sep 2020

The Dwelling Place of Mañjuśrī follows a dialogue between Mañjuśrī and Śāriputra regarding the activity of “dwelling” during meditation, the nature of dharmas, and the “true nature.”
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New Publication: The Questions of Sāgaramati

3 Sep 2020

The Questions of Sāgaramati begins in a courtyard in the city of Rājagṛha, where the Buddha Śākyamuni, a celestial bodhisattva named Sāgaramati, and many other gods and bodhisattvas converse on a wide variety of subjects relevant to the Great Vehicle. Read more »

New Publication: The Aspiration Prayer from “Destroyer of the Great Trichiliocosm”

1 Sep 2020

This evocative and inspiring short text in verse is one of several works in the Kangyur related to the Buddha’s restoring the city of Vaiśālī to health after a major epidemic. A substantial portion of it is very similar to a passage in the Sanskrit Mahāvastu, and to a well-known Pali text, the Ratana-sutta. Read more »

New Publication: The Ratnaketu Dhāraṇī

27 Aug 2020

The Ratnaketu Dhāraṇī is one of the core texts of the Mahāsannipāta collection of Mahāyāna sūtras that dates back to the formative period of Mahāyāna Buddhism, from the first to the third century ᴄᴇ. Read more »

New Publication: The Inquiry of Lokadhara

20 Aug 2020

Announced today, in The Inquiry of Lokadhara, the bodhisattva Lokadhara asks the Buddha to explain the proper way for bodhisattvas to discern the characteristics of phenomena and employ that knowledge to attain awakening. Read more »

New Publication: Teaching the Practice of a Bodhisattva

13 Aug 2020

Published this week, Teaching the Practice of a Bodhisattva, takes place in the city of Vaiśālī, where the Buddha Śākyamuni and his retinue of monks have gone to gather alms. Read more »

New Publication: The Dhāraṇī of Parṇaśavarī

12 Aug 2020

The Dhāraṇī of Parṇaśavarī is a short incantation dedicated to the piśācī Parṇaśavarī, who is renowned in Buddhist lore for her power to cure disease, avert epidemics and pacify strife. Read more »

New Publication: The Teaching by the Child Inconceivable Radiance

6 Aug 2020

Just published, The Teaching by the Child Inconceivable Radiance, is a story in which the spiritual realization of the child Inconceivable Radiance is revealed through a dialogue with the Buddha Śākyamuni. Read more »

New Publication: The Sūtra of the Inquiry of Subāhu

30 Jul 2020

In our latest publication, The Sūtra of the Inquiry of Subāhu, Śākyamuni Buddha describes how a bodhisattva should ideally train in the six perfections. Read more »