Teaching on Sūtra | Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

A Commemorative Teaching

Commemorating the anniversary this month of the Buddha’s birth – and our 10th year of translating his words into modern languages – our Founding Chair, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, offers a three-part teaching on one of our recently published sūtras.

The Miraculous Play of Manjuśrī presents a series of profound teachings within a rich narrative structure involving a beautiful courtesan’s daughter, Suvarṇottama­prabhāśrī. A banker’s son has purchased her favors, but while they are riding together toward a pleasure garden the girl’s attention is captivated instead by the radiantly attractive Mañjuśrī, who gives her instructions related to the meaning of the mind set on awakening. She then expresses her new understanding in a dialogue with Mañjuśrī, in the presence of King Ajātaśatru, his retinue, and the citizens of Rājagṛha. Meanwhile the banker’s son, with the help of Mañjuśrī and Śakra, experiences his own realization and receives teaching from the Buddha himself. The sūtra deals with well-known Mahāyāna themes, but places special emphasis on the emptiness and sameness of all phenomena.

Follow along or download the sūtra and we hope you enjoy these precious teachings!

The transcript is available here:

“The Miraculous Play of Manjuśrī” | Part 1

“The Miraculous Play of Manjuśrī” | Part 2

“The Miraculous Play of Manjuśrī” | Part 3


84000 publications are recognized as accurate and accessible translations, and it is with great joy that we hear of teachers of the Buddhadharma teaching from the sūtras and using our publications as guide material for their audiences.

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Posted: 5 Jun 2020