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Erick Tsiknopoulos

Erick Tsiknopoulos (b. 1981) is an American translator of Tibetan, a scholar, researcher and postgraduate student in Buddhist Studies, a teacher and tutor of Tibetan language, a writer and editor, a voracious reader in various subjects, and an experienced world traveler. He is the founder and primary Tibetan translator of the Sugatagarbha Translation Group, and the creator of their main website, Tibetan-Translations.com, which currently features English translations of over 400 Tibetan texts. Many of his translations have been published in various forms, including as books.

He has been a student of Buddhism since 1999, a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 2003, and a student of Tibetan language since 2005. He has been translating Tibetan texts into English since 2007, has been based in India and Nepal studying Tibetan language and Buddhism intensively and translating Tibetan texts since 2008, and has been working professionally as a Tibetan-English translator and interpreter since 2009.

He is available for contact via email at: EmptyElephant@yahoo.com and SugatagarbhaTranslations@gmail.com

Advice to Yéshey Dawa by Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoché, Rabsel Dawa

The creator of delusion and liberation in Saṃsāra and Nirvāṇa is one’s own mind.

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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 meritorious characteristics, And thousands of glorious beautiful qualities. Of exquisite appearance, you manifest supreme peace; And your light is like a thousand suns, streaming forth in all directions. Blazing with brilliant beams of light, You… Read more The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 28 – The Praise to All Tathāgatas

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 hundreds of thousands of Bodhisattvas folded their palms, and deeply praised the Tathāgata Suvarṇaratnakaracchatrakuta with these verses: “The supreme body of the Conqueror resembles refined gold; An exalted form totally imbued with the color of… Read more The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 27 – The Praise Made by All the Bodhisattvas

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 all-encompassing search for the Dharmakāya, There were no things, not previously dear and treasured, Which I did not give away; During numerous eons, I even gave away my treasured body. Once I did this, inconceivably… Read more The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 21 – Excellent Manifestation

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 and in future times, in whatever villages, cities, towns, valleys, monastery regions, hilly medicinal valleys or palace areas where this Sovereign King of Sūtra Teachings, the Transcendent Golden Light appears, Lord Bhagavān, I, Samjñāya, the supreme commander… Read more The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 19 – Samjñāya, Lord of Yakṣas

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 areas of palaces, I, the Earth Goddess Dṛḍhā, will go to those cities, villages, valleys, vicinities of monasteries, mountain medicinal valleys, or palace areas.”   “Lord Bhagavān, wherever this Sovereign King of Sūtra Teachings, the Transcendent… Read more The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 18 – The Earth Goddess, Dṛḍhā

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 garden called ‘Flower Light of Positive Potential’; in the mansion made of the seven precious materials called ‘Golden Victory Banner of the Golden Transcendent Lotus’.”   “All those who wish to increase their stock of… Read more The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 17 – Vast Increase in Wealth by the Great Goddess Śrī

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 have a blissful mind, day and night. Coming to an authentic understanding of all the various words and syllables of this Sovereign King of Sūtra Teachings, the Transcendent Golden Light, he will realize them in full,… Read more The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 16 – The Goddess Śrī

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 direction, there is the lightning known as Approaching. Ānanda, in the southern direction is the lightning known as Hundred Voices. Ānanda, in the western direction is the lightning known as Equal Light; and Ānanda, in… Read more The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 14 – The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel Dhāraṇī

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.” He spoke those words, and the Venerable Śāradvatiputra replied to the Bhagavān as follows: “Bhagavān, as for the so-called “Dhāraṇī”, if it does not abide in an objective field, and indeed does not abide in a… Read more The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 13 – The Dhāraṇī of Non-Attachment

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 palms in the direction of the Bhagavān; and spoke to the Bhagavān in the following words: “Lord Bhagavān, as for this Sovereign King of Sūtra Teachings, the Transcendent Golden Light, it is spoken by all Tathāgatas. It… Read more The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 11 – The Meticulous Observation of Gods and Humans By the Four Great Kings

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 thoroughly and extensively explained empty phenomena; And so, in this most excellent of Transcendent Sūtras, I will describe empty phenomena only in brief. Sentient beings of small intellect, intensely ignorant, Cannot understand all things; And… Read more The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 9 – Voidness

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 future Buddhas, then they should uphold and retain this Dhāraṇī. Why is that so? Because this Dhāraṇī is the mother of the past, future and present Buddha Bhagavāns.” “Retaining this Dhāraṇī leads to vast increase… Read more The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 8 – The Dhāraṇī Called ‘Golden’

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 of the past, future and present with the following [praise], which is called The Source of Lotuses: The Jinas who arose in the past, And those yet enduring in the worlds of the ten directions, To… Read more 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

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 millions of billions of Buddhas, was resting. He then thought: “By what cause and what condition does the Bhagavān Śākyamuni thus live for eighty years? That is a short lifespan.” Thinking thus, again he thought: “The Bhagavān… Read more The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 2 – The Teaching on the Lifespan of the Tathāgata

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 domain of the Tathāgatas. And there together in the same company was an immense Saṅgha of monks; and ninety-eight thousand (98,000) were they in number. All of them were also great Arhats; and like unto… Read more The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version, Chapter 1 – The Preamble