The Seeker wrote:
Could someone please help me here.
I understand that many of the Prayers and Sutras are for Ordained Monks or Nuns only.
Is there a link, or a book that could help me find some for the layman, in English please
Kindest wishes, Dave
In Mahayana Buddhism basically prayers and sutras are generally not divided between laymen and the ordained.
So for some sutras: you could check out the old "Buddhist Bible" by Goddard from 1923, which is a kind of anthology of Buddhist sutras, Thich Naht Hahn's anthology of sutras depicting the life of Shakyamuni Buddha "Old Path White Clouds", Lopez's anthology "Buddhist Scriptures", The Three Heap Sutra
(which is a purification practice), the Heart Sutra
, the Avatamsaka Sutra (parts of which can be found online), the Lotus Sutra, the Golden Light Sutra, The Diamond Sutra, the Amitabha Sutras*, the Brahma Net Sutra
, various editions of the Prajnaparamita Sutras (Conze's The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdon and Lex Hixon Mother of the Buddhas: Meditations on the Prajnaparamita Sutras
), here's a link to several sutras
online and here: Buddhist Scriptures in Various Languages
. We also may have several links in the various Buddhist resources topics scattered through several forums.
Prayers: Atisha's Refuge Prayer
, Shakyamuni Buddha Sadhana, Medicine Buddha Sadhana, Amitabha Sadhana, Tara Sadhana (all of these are from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition), Samantabhadra's Prayer
(emphasized in the TBist tradition but taken from the Gandavyuha Sutra, itself a chapter in the Avatamsaka Sutra) and numerous Zen tradtion prayers.
Then there are numerous sites online with sutra collections, often from the Chinese Buddhist community:Master Hsuan Hsa's City of 10,000 Buddhas online sutra collectionFoundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition sutras
I'll try to go back and provide links for these. But basically since 1992 or so Buddhist online resources just exploded. Buddhanet
was one of the first (and they largely started Buddhist ebooks).
Then there are all the Theravadin sutta resources online like Access to Insight
*There are three main Amitabha sutras ( the Smaller Amitabha Sutra
, ...) and then there is a Tibetan version of an Amitabha Sutra