What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

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What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby Tatsuo » Thu May 06, 2010 7:19 pm

What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

1. Lotus Sutra
2. Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva
3. Three Pureland Sutras
    南無阿弥陀佛
    南無妙法蓮華經
    南無観世音菩薩
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby Astus » Fri May 07, 2010 8:39 am

At the moment:

- Vimalakirti Sutra
- Perfect Enlightenment Sutra (圓覺經)
- Avatamsaka Sutra
"There is no such thing as the real mind. Ridding yourself of delusion: that's the real mind."
(Sheng-yen: Getting the Buddha Mind, p 73)

"Neither cultivation nor seated meditation — this is the pure Chan of Tathagata."
(Mazu Daoyi, X1321p3b23; tr. Jinhua Jia)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T2076p461b24-26)
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby Will » Fri May 07, 2010 3:27 pm

Avatamsaka, Surangama & Lalitavistara
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: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby teatimes.me » Sat May 05, 2012 1:04 pm

Earth Store Sutra. This sutra is known for effectively removing Karma through reciting, a foundation for further practice.
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sat May 05, 2012 6:09 pm

Lankavatara Sutra!!! :woohoo:
And let's not forget the Heart Sutra.
"When one is not in accord with the true view
Meditation and conduct become delusion,
One will not attain the real result
One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
Naropa - Summary of the View from The Eight Doha Treasures
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby jikai » Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:25 am

1) The Lotus Sutra
2) Mahaparinirvana Sutra
3)Original Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva Sutra
"There are no seperate dharma's in the Three Realms. There is only the operation of the one mind."
"Whoever wishes to benefit beings ought to establish teachings that fit their capacities, expound the dharma in accordance with their capacities, and match the doctrines to them"
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby Kunga Lhadzom » Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:37 am

The Diamond Sutra & The Heart Sutra :heart:
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby gyougan » Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:43 am

仏説無量寿経
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby Leo Rivers » Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:13 pm

Heart Sutra for Reality Check. Samndhinirmocana for Psychology. Lotus Sutra for True Mythology.
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby plwk » Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:45 pm

tat sutra where it tells ya to buck up or ship out... :lol:
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby deepbluehum » Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:46 pm

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:The Diamond Sutra & The Heart Sutra :heart:


I second this.
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby Kunga Lhadzom » Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:18 am

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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby safron » Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:33 am

The Lotus Sutra
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby Sherab Dorje » Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:54 am

That's actually a Theravadra Sutta, but hey, it's a great one! I finished translating it and other related Sutta into Greek just last night!
:namaste:
"When one is not in accord with the true view
Meditation and conduct become delusion,
One will not attain the real result
One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby Nighthawk » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:36 pm

All of them ;)
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby Jikan » Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:00 pm

Surangama Sutra hasn't been mentioned yet; it's on my top shelf. Also, Sutra of Complete Enlightenment, as Astus mentioned, and the Lotus Sutra as so many have also brought up. The Vajrasamadhi Sutra is one I keep coming back to since Buswell's translation was published, although I can't claim to have much of a grasp on it. The Lion's Roar of Queen Srimala is a gem.
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby tomamundsen » Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:52 pm

gregkavarnos wrote:And let's not forget the Heart Sutra.
It is tantra.
:tongue:
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby practitioner » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:01 pm

tomamundsen wrote:
gregkavarnos wrote:And let's not forget the Heart Sutra.
It is tantra.
:tongue:


It is the essence of the Prajnaparamita Sutra, definitely Mahayana.
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby Jikan » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:30 pm

Depending on the tradition, the line between sutra and tantra is difficult. The Mahavairocana Sutra is one example.
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Re: What are your favourite Mahayana Sutras?

Postby kirtu » Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:37 pm

tomamundsen wrote:
gregkavarnos wrote:And let's not forget the Heart Sutra.
It is tantra.
:tongue:


Is it or isn't it? Only a high Bodhisattva can tell for sure (riffing off an old Clarol commercial). :jumping:

Lopez essentially wrote a book discussing this, his excellent Heart Sutra book. From the perspective of literary criticism the Heart Sutra can be viewed as an intermediate text between sutras and tantras.

But then how should we classify the numerous dharani texts? Probably as texts developed there is not that great a leap from dharani texts to tantra in terms of outward form.

However many tantras look outwardly like books of magic and the Heart Sutra, while being really magical, doesn't have this characteristic.

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