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The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 28 – The Praise to All Tathāgatas

Chapter 28: The Praise to All Tathāgatas   Then the Bodhisattva Ruciraketu rose from his seat, placed his upper robe over one shoulder, planted his right knee on the ground, bowed toward the Bhagavān with folded palms; and thereupon praised the Bhagavān deeply with these verses: Lord of Sages, you are adorned by hundreds of […]

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The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 27 – The Praise Made by All the Bodhisattvas

Chapter 27: The Praise Made by All the Bodhisattvas   Then those many hundreds of thousands of Bodhisattvas went to where the Tathāgata Suvarṇaratnakaracchatrakuta was; and having gone there, they bowed their heads at the feet of the Tathāgata Suvarṇaratnakaracchatrakuta, and sat down to one side. Then, having sat down to one side, those many […]

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The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 21 – Excellent Manifestation

Chapter 21: Excellent Manifestation (legs par byung ba’i le’u)   (Volume Nine) Then, at that moment, the Bhagavān gave teaching in these verses: Whenever I became a world-turning king, At those times I offered the earth with its oceans, And even its four continents, filled with precious things, To all Jinas of the past. In […]

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The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 19 – Samjñāya, Lord of Yakṣas

Chapter 19: Samjñāya, Lord of Yakṣas   Then the supreme commander of the Yakṣas, Samjñāya, along with twenty-eight great Yakṣa generals, rose from his seat; and putting his upper robe over one shoulder, knelt on his right knee. Bowing with folded palms toward the Bhagavān, he addressed the Bhagavān in the following words: “Lord Bhagavān, now […]

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The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 18 – The Earth Goddess, Dṛḍhā

Chapter 18: The Earth Goddess, Dṛḍhā   Then the Earth Goddess, Dṛḍhā, addressed the Bhagavān in the following words:“Lord Bhagavān, now and in the future, wherever this Sovereign King of Sūtra Teachings, the Transcendent Golden Light exists, whether in towns, cities, villages, valleys, in the vicinities of monasteries, mountain medicinal valleys, or towns which abide in the […]

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The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 17 – Vast Increase in Wealth by the Great Goddess Śrī

Photo by Fancycrave.com on Pexels.com Chapter 17: Vast Increase in Wealth by the Great Goddess Śrī   Then the Goddess Mahāśrī spoke the following words to the Bhagavān:“Bhagavān, I dwell not far from here in the northern direction, in the retinue of the palace of Vaiśravaṇa, the Heavenly World called ‘Interwoven’, in the transcendent pleasure […]

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The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 16 – The Goddess Śrī

Chapter 16: The Goddess Śrī   Then the Great Goddess Śrī spoke the following words to the Bhagavān: “Lord Bhagavān, always and ever, I, the Great Goddess Śrī, shall bring an abundance of all necessary items to the monk who expounds the Dharma. He will have freedom from busy work and poverty, attain an expansive mind; and […]

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The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 14 – The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel Dhāraṇī

Chapter 14: The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel Dhāraṇī   Then the Bhagavān gave this teaching to the Venerable Ānanda: “Ānanda, all lightning is warded off by you [oneself]. All previous Samyaksaṃbuddhas, appearing individually, one following the other, have taught this; and so I, too, shall now explain it. Please bear it in mind.”   “Ānanda, in the eastern […]

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The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 13 – The Dhāraṇī of Non-Attachment

Chapter 13: The Dhāraṇī of Non-Attachment   The Bhagavān then gave this teaching to the Venerable Śāradvatiputra:“Śāradvatiputra, it is a fact that this Dharma Discourse known as ‘The Dhāraṇī of Non-Attachment’ is the mother of Bodhisattvas who meditate on all Dharmas, is the preliminary conduct of the Bodhisattvas; and is thoroughly retained by the Bodhisattvas.” […]

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The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 11 – The Meticulous Observation of Gods and Humans By the Four Great Kings

Chapter 11: The Meticulous Observation of Gods and Humans By the Four Great Kings   Then the Great King Vaiśravaṇa, the Great King Dhṛtarāṣṭra, the Great King Virūḍhaka, and the Great King Virūpākṣa rose from their seats, put their upper robes over one shoulder, kneeled placing their right knee on the ground, bowed with joined […]

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The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 9 – Voidness

Chapter 9: Voidness   Then after the Bhagavān had taught that Dhāraṇī, for the benefit and happiness of those assembled retinues of Bodhisattva Mahāsattavas, gods, humans and so on, in order to demonstrate the characteristics of voidness, the ultimate truth, at that time he spoke the following verses: In inconceivably many other Sūtras, I have […]

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The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 8 – The Dhāraṇī Called ‘Golden’

Chapter 8: The Dhāraṇī Called ‘Golden’ Then the Bhagavān gave teaching to the Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Sukhavihāra (‘Abiding in Bliss’), who was in that retinue, in the following words: “Good son, as for the Dhāraṇī called ‘Golden’, if any good son or good daughter wishes to render offering and service to all the past, present and […]

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The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 7 – The Praise to All Dominions of the Perfectly Complete Buddhas Who Arise Throughout the Past, Future and Present

Chapter 7: The Praise to All Dominions of the Perfectly Complete Buddhas Who Arise Throughout the Past, Future and Present   Then, the Bhagavān granted teaching in the following words to that good goddess, Bodhisamuccaya: “Good goddess, at that time, at that moment, a king called Suvarṇabhujendra honored all Tathāgatas, deeply praising the Buddha Bhagavāns […]

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The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 2 – The Teaching on the Lifespan of the Tathāgata

Chapter 2: The Teaching on the Lifespan of the Tathāgata   Then, at that time, at that moment, in the great city of Rājagṛiha, the Bodhisattva Mahāsattva known as Ruciraketu, one who had performed altruistic deeds under previous Jinaous Ones, and who had generated roots of virtue and rendered service to hundreds of thousands of […]

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The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 1 – The Preamble

Chapter 1: The Preamble (Volume 1) HOMAGE TO ALL BUDDHAS, BODHISATTVAS, PRATYEKABUDDHAS, AND ĀRYA ŚRĀVAKAS OF THE PAST, FUTURE, AND PRESENT. Thus have I heard, at one time. The Bhagavān was in Rājagṛha, on the summit of Vulture’s Peak Mountain, abiding within the profound basic space of phenomena (dharmadhātu), entirely and utterly pure: The transcendent experiential […]