New Publication: The Array of Virtues of Mañjuśrī’s Buddha Realm


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The Array of Virtues of Mañjuśrī’s Buddha Realm
文殊佛剎功德莊嚴經 (大寶積經文殊師利授記會第十五)

In this sūtra, the Buddha Śākyamuni explains the connection between the bodhisattvas’ aspirations and the virtues of their future buddha realms. He describes the various qualities that help bodhisattvas bring their aspirations to fulfillment. After bodhisattvas arrive from all directions to hear his teachings on the virtues of the buddha realms, the Buddha Śākyamuni recounts the story of how Mañjuśrī first engendered the mind set on awakening. Finally, the Buddha reveals the extraordinary nature of Mañjuśrī’s bodhisattva aspirations, and how they will contribute to the exceptional qualities of his future buddha realm.

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