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The Heart Sutra

The Heart Sūtra (Sanskrit: प्रज्ञापारमिताहृदय Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya) is a famous sūtra in Mahāyāna Buddhism. Its Sanskrit name Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya literally means “The Heart of the Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom”. The Heart Sūtra is often cited as the best-known and most popular Buddhist scripture of all. The Heart Sutra Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, meditating deeply on Perfection of Wisdom, saw clearly that the five aspects of human …

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The Diamond Sutra

The Diamond Sūtra is a Mahāyāna sūtra from the Prajñāpāramitā, or “Perfection of Wisdom” genre, and emphasizes the practice of non-abiding and non-attachment. The full Sanskrit title of this text is the Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra. The Diamond Sutra ADORATION to the blessed Ârya-pragñâ-pâramitâ (perfection of wisdom). Thus it was heard by me: At one time Bhagavat (the blessed Buddha) dwelt in Srâvastî, in the grove of Geta[1], in the …

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The Lotus Sutra

The Lotus Sūtra (Sanskrit: Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra) is one of the most popular and influential Mahāyāna sūtras, and the basis on which the Tiantai and Nichiren schools of Buddhism were established.  The Lotus Sutra Translated by Burton Watson   Chapter One: Introduction This is what I heard:   At one time the Buddha was in Rajagriha, staying on Mount Gridhrakuta. Accompanying him were a multitude of …

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The Metta Sutra

The Mettā Sutta is the name used for two Buddhist discourses (Pali, sutta) found in the Pali Canon. The one, more often chanted by Theravadin monks, is also referred to as Karaṇīyamettā Sutta after the opening word, Karaṇīyam, “(This is what) should be done. It is found in the Suttanipāta (Sn 1.8) and Khuddakapāṭha (Khp 9). It is ten verses in length and it extols both the virtuous qualities and …

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The Sigalovada Sutra

The Sigalovada Sutta takes place when Lord Buddha encountered a youth called Sigala in his morning stroll. The young man, in drenched attire, prostrated and worshipped the four compass direction (East, South, West and North), plus the Earth (Down) and the Sky (Up). When asked by Lord Buddha why he did so, the youth Sigala …

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The Angulimala Sutta

Daku Angulimala (Pāli: “finger necklace/garland”; Sinhala: අංගුලිමාල, Burmese: အင်္ဂုလိမာလ) is an important early figure in Buddhism, particularly within the Theravada suttas. A ruthless killer who is redeemed by a sincere conversion to Buddhism, he is seen as an example of the redemptive power of the Buddha’s teaching and the universal human potential for spiritual progress, regardless of one’s background. The Angulimala Sutta Angulimala: Questioning the …

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The Dhammacakkappavatta Sutta

The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (Pali; Sansrit: Dharmacakra Pravartana Sūtra; English: The Setting in Motion of the Wheel of Dharma) is a Buddhist text that is considered to be a record of the first teaching given by theBuddha after he attained enlightenment. The main topic of this sutta is the Four Noble Truths, which are the central teachings of Buddhism that provide a unifying theme, or conceptual framework, for all …

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The Samyutta Nikata Sutta

The Samyutta Nikaya, the third division of the Sutta Pitaka, contains 2,889 suttas grouped into five sections (vaggas). Each vagga is further divided into samyuttas, each of which in turn contains a group of suttas on related topics. The samyuttas are named according to the topics of the suttas they contain. For example, the Kosala Samyutta (in the Sagatha Vagga) contains suttas concerning King …

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The Eight Realizations Sutra

The Eight Realizations Sutra Sutra of the Eight Realizations — Commentary Talk given by: Ven. Wayne Hughes (Ren Cheng) Day and night, at all times, Buddha’s disciples should Mindfully recite and contemplate The eight realizations of Great Beings. The First Realization: All the world is impermanent. The earth is fragile and perilous. The four great …

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The Sutra On Praise Of The Pure Land And Protection By Buddhas

The Sutra On Praise Of The Pure Land And Protection By Buddhas translated on Imperial order by Tripitaka Master Hsuan-tsang [1] Thus have I heard. At one time the Bhagavat was staying in Jeta Grove monastery in the Garden at Shravasti, together with a large company of twelve hundred and fifty monks, who were all …

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Complete Sutra Collection

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