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 Post subject: Favorite Sutra?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:09 am 
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Do you have a favorite sutra?

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Sutra?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:19 am 
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At the moment my favorite sutra would be the vajra cutter.
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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Sutra?
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The Heart Sutra. It's really short! :smile:


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Sutra?
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Lotus Sutra.

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Sutra?
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The Mahayana Brahma Net Sutra, the Anthill Sutta, the Lotus Sutra and the Avatamsaka Sutra.

So out of all of them the Brahma Net Sutra.

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Sutra?
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It changes..but currently it's the Avatamsaka and the Brahman Net (nods to Kirtu!)--Lankavatara is in my top ten for sure!

This shows, not the merit or value of the sutras named, though, but the mental condition of myself, the judge.

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There is no "best" sutra--there is only that which various beings need, at various times.

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Sutra?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:09 am 
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Lankavatara Sutra

From the Theravada there is the Kalama Sutta (Anguttara Nikaya 3.65) and Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (Samyutta Nikaya 56.11) and others, if there is a Mahayana equivalent to those (such as in the Agamas).

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Sutra?
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The Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment (C. Muller), Sutra of Complete Enlightenment (Ven. Guo-go), i.e. Yuanjue Jing/Engaku Kyo (圓覺經/円覚経).

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Sutra?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:30 am 
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All of them, as a former Governor of Alaska would say...

A quotation from one of those favorite sutras of mine....

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"First: due to my attaining the miraculous wonder of hearing the mind, the essence of mind was liberated from the organ and states of hearing. Therefore, there was no distinction among seeing, hearing, sensation, knowing, and so forth. The enlightenment became a single, perfect fusion, pure and precious enlightenment. For that reason, I am able to manifest many wonderful appearances and can proclaim boundless secret holy mantras. Among those, I may appear with one head, three heads, five heads, seven heads, nine heads, eleven heads, and so forth, including a hundred and eight heads, a thousand heads, ten thousand heads, or eighty-four thousand vajra heads; two arms, four arms, six arms, eight arms, ten arms, twelve arms, fourteen, sixteen, eighteen arms, or twenty arms, twenty-four arms, and so forth until there may be a hundred and eight arms, a thousand arms, ten thousand arms, or eighty-four thousand mudra arms; two eyes, three eyes, four eyes, nine eyes, and so forth including a hundred and eight eyes, a thousand eyes, ten thousand eyes, or eighty-four thousand pure and precious eyes, sometimes compassionate, sometimes awesome, sometimes in Samadhi, sometimes displaying wisdom to rescue and protect living beings so that they may attain great self-mastery."
Shurangama Sutra, Scroll 6


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Sutra?
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I do like the Golden Light sutra :)


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Sutra?
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Da one where it tells ya to stop yadayada-ing and start practising? Wats iz name?

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