Samdhinirmocana Sutra

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Samdhinirmocana Sutra

Postby Will » Sun Jul 28, 2013 1:28 am

Keenan, Cleary & Powers have full translations in English, that I know of. This sutra is very subtle and wondrous, so a few passages will be posted.

This first one is from page 9 of Cleary's, where a Bodhisattva muses:

"At that time, I thought to myself, 'The appearance of a Buddha
in the world is most wonderful; because of the Buddha's
appearance in the world, it is possible to understand and realize
Ultimate Truth the ultimate truth that is beyond the scope of all thought and
deliberation.' "

The Buddha said, "It is so. It is as you say. I have awakened
to the ultimate truth, which is beyond all thought and reflection.
And I explain it to others, revealing and analyzing it, defining
and elucidating it.
Why? The ultimate truth of which I speak is that
which is inwardly realized by sages, while the scope
of thought and deliberation is what unenlightened people testify
to among themselves. Therefore, you should know that ultimate
truth transcends all objects of thought and deliberation.

"The ultimate truth of which I speak has no form to which
to relate, whereas thought and deliberation operate only in the
sphere of form. Based on this principle, you should know that
ultimate truth transcends all objects of thought and deliberation.
One should refrain from biased judgments and doubting in fathoming the Buddha and the Dharma of the Buddhas. Even though a dharma may be extremely difficult to believe, one should nonetheless maintain faith in it. Nagarjuna
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Re: Samdhinirmocana Sutra

Postby Will » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:38 pm

Chapter 7 is on the Ten Bodhisattva Stages and the paramitas. Here is a little on the paramitas:

The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara addressed the Buddha and said: "World-honored One, how do the bodhisattvas observe these six precepts?"

The Buddha answered the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara and said: "Good son, there are five aspects under which they must observe these precepts.

The first is that from the first they must have an intense faith in the wondrous doctrinal teachings about the perfections as found in the bodhisattva canon.
The second is that they must zealously cultivate the wondrous wisdoms accomplished through hearing, reflecting, and meditating in the ten practices concerning doctrine.
The third is that they must nurture thoughts of wisdom.
The fourth is that they must draw near to a spiritual counselor.
The fifth is that they must cultivate good qualities without interruption."


From Keenan, p. 84
One should refrain from biased judgments and doubting in fathoming the Buddha and the Dharma of the Buddhas. Even though a dharma may be extremely difficult to believe, one should nonetheless maintain faith in it. Nagarjuna
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Re: Samdhinirmocana Sutra

Postby mahi » Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:45 am

The opening scene of the Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra (Lotus Sutra) and the Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra (PPM 800 Lines) compared (in that they are identical and represent lists about 100 − 150 prior to the SAṂDHINIRMOCANA )
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