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The Sugatagarbha Translation Group is currently undertaking the translation of the Larger Sutra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version.
This is not the Sutra of Golden Light that you know!
The Sutra of Golden Light that is commonly known, translated and published by FPMT, is the smallest version, the 21 chapter version. There are 8 more chapters in this 29 Chapter Version, and some of the chapters from the 21 chapter version are significantly longer in the 29 chapter version.
The 29 Chapter Version of the Sutra of Golden Light has never been translated from Tibetan to English before.
This version of the sutra is much more profound! It includes extensive discussions on the three kayas, the three natures (Yogachara teachings), the bodhisattva levels, the enlightened activity of the Buddhas, the nature of Buddhahood, the dharmadhatu, and much more!
Because of the higher level of philosophical profundity, more in-depth teachings, and inspiring expositions, it could be said that this version has even more blessings, and will be even more effective and profoundly transformative on those who read and recite it. People will truly begin to understand why the Sutra of Golden Light is so powerful.
When the translation is finished, and has been reviewed with Tibetan Buddhist scholars, the plan is to then offer it to the world as a gift — for mass free distribution. In fact, we have an immediate goal of getting copies of this Sutra out to 100,000 people, and that’s just the beginning.
We have a theory that the flourishing of this Sutra in its 29 chapter version could contribute significantly to world peace. Why? Because such things are indicated in the Sutra itself, as well as by many realized masters.
When the translation is complete, the sutra will then be offered to a Dharma publishing house to publish for free distribution, and will be mass distributed around the world. It will then be translated into as many other languages as possible.
It is estimated the project will take about 11 months to complete, and will hopefully to be finished by October 2011.
Thus far, less than 2 percent of the total translation costs have been covered. We need your help to get this sutra to the world.
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Thank you for your generosity, and may all beings benefit!
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Some Information on the Sutra of Golden Light:
The benefits of reading this sutra are described by Lama Zopa Rinpoche:
In the Sutra of Golden Light, Buddha Shakyamuni lists the benefits of contact with this sublime sutra. He says:
“Those who hear this sutra,
Those who cause others to hear it,
Those who rejoice upon hearing it
And make offerings to it,
For tens of millions of eons
Shall be venerated by gods and nagas,
Humans and kinnaras,
Asuras and yakshas.”
-from the Sutra of Golden Light
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, urges us to recite the Sutra of Golden Light for these reasons:
“The holy Golden Light Sutra is the king of the sutras. It is extremely powerful and fulfills all one’s wishes, as well as bringing peace and happiness for all sentient beings, up to enlightenment. It is also extremely powerful for world peace, for your own protection, and for the protection of the country and the world. Also, it has great healing power for people in the country. … Anyone can read this text, Buddhists and even non-Buddhists who desire world peace. This also protects individuals and the country from what are labeled natural disasters of the wind element, fire element, earth element, and water element, such as earthquakes, floods, cyclones, fires, tornadoes, etc. They are not natural because they come from causes and conditions that make dangers happen. They come from past inner negative thoughts and actions of people, and from external conditions. The benefits of reading this sutra are immeasurable … reciting just a few lines of the Sutra of Golden Light creates more merit than making … immeasurable offerings to the Buddha. Reciting this sutra directs one’s life towards enlightenment. There is so much merit … one’s life becomes so easy, whatever one wishes for one receives … there is unbelievable purification … one liberates numberless sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric suffering and brings them to enlightenment.”
“This sutra is inconceivable,
For its ocean of virtue is without end;
It frees every being
From countless oceans of suffering.”
“This King of Glorious Sutras
Fully destroys external enemies,
Turns back legions of foreign armies,
Removes the fear of the terrified and poor
And causes supreme virtue.”
“For beings without merit,
The store of their merit
Will grow into a limitless,
incalculable, inconceivable mass.”
“The one who wishes to make unimaginable offerings to all buddhas, and who wishes to know the profound sphere of tathagatas should go to that place – whether monastery or dwelling – where this sublime sutra is explained.”
-from The Sutra of Golden Light
“The protectors, the guardians, will definitely provide protection. Whenever they are needed, they will arrive. Acts of terrorism will be averted. Acts of violence will stop. China will return to Buddhism and will relax its hold on Tibet. Natural catastrophes will be avoided. Crops will be successful. The environment will be clean. People will be safe. If there is war, it will end and there will be peace.
If you recite the Sutra of Golden Light, you will have good health, energy, and power. All materials needs will be satisfied. One will be listened to and respected by others. Whenever a question arises, the Guru will answer. One will purify eons of negative karma, meet perfect teachers, develop realizations, and definitely benefit others.
The Sutra of Golden Light is the car that will take you to enlightenment.”
-Lama Zopa Rinpoche
“Then, the great general of the yakshas called Samjnaya, along with the twenty-eight great generals of the yakshas, rose from his seat, put his upper robe over one shoulder and knelt on his right knee. Bowing in reverence in the direction of the Tathagata, he addressed the Tathagata in this way:
“O Venerable Lord, now or in a future time, in villages, cities, towns, valleys, forest retreats, hilly medicinal valleys, or palaces, wherever the King of Glorious Sutras, the Sublime Golden Light exists, O Venerable Lord, I, Samjnaya, the great general of the yakshas, will go to those villages, cities, towns, valleys, forest retreats, hilly medicinal valleys, or palaces. Making our bodies invisible, we will protect the bhikshu who expounds the Dharma. We will give him protection, hold and nurture him, avert his retribution and make him peaceful and well. We will completely protect men, women, boys or girls who listen to this Dharma. We will completely protect those who listen and remember a stanza of four lines or even a single word from the King of Glorious Sutras, the Sublime Golden Light. We will completely protect those who hear and remember the name of a single bodhisattva from the King of Glorious Sutras, the Sublime Golden Light, the name of a single tathagata, or the name of this King of Glorious Sutras, the Sublime Golden Light. We will give them protection, hold and nurture them, avert their retribution and make them peaceful and well. We will also completely protect those classes of people, households, villages, cities, towns, forest retreats and palaces. We will give them protection, hold and nurture them, avert their retribution and make them peaceful and well.”
-from The Sutra of Golden Light
“This text is very precious; it brings peace and happiness and is very powerful to stop violence. By hearing this text, one’s karma is purified.
The purpose of our lives is to benefit others. We can bring others the happiness of this life, but the happiness of all coming future lives is more important. More important than that is bringing sentient beings to liberation, which is free forever from the suffering of samsara. Most beneficial is to bring them to the ultimate, great liberation of full enlightenment. That is the greatest service and benefit for sentient beings. To do this, first we must achieve full enlightenment ourselves.
For the success of attaining the whole path to enlightenment, listen to the Sutra of Golden Light. This sutra directs our lives towards enlightenment. It helps us not be reborn in the lower realms. The very first thing, the immediate danger that we need to stop is rebirth in the lower realms. We need a higher rebirth so we can continue to practice Dharma. All negative karma is purified by listening to this sutra.
This text increases success and, especially for leaders like kings or presidents, it brings success to their guiding in virtue, the path to happiness. If you have problems, for anyone dying or dead of if the devas have turned against you and nothing is working; or if merely by expressing yourself, your friends, loved ones, husband, wife, family members and even servants get angry with you, if your wealth declines of if you have harm from black magic or spirits, of if you have bad dreams or fearful thiings happening, then for all of these problems you should wash, put on clean clothes, and with a peaceful mind listen to the transmission of this text. Then all will be pacified.
Anyone who hears it creates much merit and is highly admired by the Buddhas.
In whichever country this is taught, the whole country will benefit. The king of that country will bot be attacked and disease will be eliminated, everyone will be happy, and the country will become harmonious and without quarrels. The king will give religious freedom and will always be protected by the devas. It is especially good to read this is places where there is a lot of fighting. As well, there will be prosperity and rains will come at the right time.
It would be excellent to go into countries where there is much killing and read this precious sutra one hundred times or any number of times. This would be very valuable, very beneficial.
Anyone who keeps, memorizes, or contributes to this text exceeds the eight worldly beings and all their wishes will be fulfilled. Shakyamuni Buddha told the four guardians to make offerings and serve this text, and to always protect the people who memorize or even just read it. The four guardians acknowledged they would protect those who read it and would help and fulfill all their wishes.
Memorizing or making offerings to this text is like making inconceivable offerings to the Buddha. Enlightenment will never be reversed for anyone into whose ears these holy words are spoken; their life will always be directed toward enlightenment and they will never fall back. The deva Hamachiwa Pala told the Buddha that she will protect the bhikshu who recites this text and he will receive all that is needed: property, a stable mind, and so forth. Whoever even tries to read or understand this text will experience the comfort and happiness of devas and humans for 100 billion eons, fame and perfect crops, and will become a buddha. The earth goddess definitely will help even if only one chapter or one bodhisattva’s name is recited; she will protect those sentient beings who read and try to understand even one verse, and she will fulfill their wishes. Those sentient beings who hear only verse will never go to the lower realms. The Buddha told the earth goddess that even if a person hears only one verse, they will be born in the deva realms. Further, the Buddha told the earth goddess that the non-virtuous karma of the person who hears even one verse will be eliminated, and they will achieve enlightenment.”
-Lama Zopa Rinpoche
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