Golden Light Sutra

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Golden Light Sutra

Post by Nicholas » Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:19 pm

A much revered teaching of Buddha & his disciples. Even the Pali Text Society published Emmerick's translation, so there must be value to non-Mahayana Buddhists too.

https://fpmt.org/wp-content/uploads/tea ... 07lttr.pdf
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Re: Golden Light Sutra

Post by DNS » Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:59 pm

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11th~13th century, chrysographic Tangut version

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Re: Golden Light Sutra

Post by DNS » Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:01 am

From the wikipedia article:
Taken at face value, one might take the main theme of the sutra literally, which is the importance for leaders to be good examples for the kingdom. In Chapter Twelve, the sutra speaks in verse form about the disasters that befall a kingdom when its ruler does not uphold justice, and the benefits of kings who lead an exemplary life. In the Chapter on the Guardian Kings, the Four Guardian Kings have a dialogue with the Buddha, explaining in vivid detail all the benefits a kingdom will have if its ruler enshrines the essence of the sutra and offers daily praise. The sutra contains some elements of early tantra, in that in chapter two, the sutra describes four Buddhas who dwell in the four cardinal directions. These same four comprise later Buddhist mandalas in the same positions, such as the Womb Realm.

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Re: Golden Light Sutra

Post by Nicholas » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:50 pm

For my and others edification re Tangut:

https://www.omniglot.com/writing/tangut.htm

Seems odd that this language was created around 1000 AD and only was in use for 600 years or so. Yet many thousands of texts, mostly Mahayana, were put into it. Many devoted Buddhist translators, I guess.
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Re: Golden Light Sutra

Post by Nicholas » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:51 pm

DNS wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:59 pm

11th~13th century, chrysographic Tangut version
That image is actually from the Lotus Sutra, in Tangut.
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Re: Golden Light Sutra

Post by Nicholas » Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:16 pm

Buddha tells, in verse & prose the event of his past life as Mahasattva giving his body to a starving tigress. He sums up the karmic links of the major persons involved:
I, the Tathagata Shakyamuni was formerly Mahasattva, Son of King Maharatha who made the tigress well.

Shuddhodana, the great king was the king called Maharatha, and Queen Maya was the sublime queen. Mahapranada became Maitreya. Likewise, Prince Mahadeva was the youthful Manjushri. The tigress was Mahaprajapati; the five bhikshus were her five cubs.

When Mahasattva gave the tigress his body, he made this altruistic wish: “By the merit of completely giving my body, may I, in future times for eons utterly beyond thought, perform the deeds of buddhas for sentient beings.”
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