By Garma C.C. Chang
The Maharatnakuta Sutra is without doubt one of the 5 significant sutra teams within the Mahayana canon. Of the 2 nice faculties of Buddhism, Mahayana has the best variety of adherents all over the world -- it prevails one of the chinese language, eastern, Koreans, Tibetans, and Vietnamese -- and comprises inside it a few hobbies, significantly Zen, which were of becoming curiosity within the West in contemporary many years.
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Because by nature the defilements o f sentient beings are inapprehen sible. ” “It neither increases nor d ecreases. ” “Just as the state o f B u d d h ah oo d neither increases n o r decreases, so by their nature the defilements neither increase n o r d ec re ase. ” “T h e basic nature o f the defilements is the basic nature o f the state o f B u d dhahood. W orld -H o n o red O ne, if the nature o f the defilements w ere different fro m the nature o f the state o f B uddhahood, then it could n o t be said that the B uddha abides in the equality o f all things.
Is translated as ‘the param ita o f m editatio n ’，or sim ply ‘the param ita o f d h y a n a ’. N o trans lator so far has translated this as ‘the param ita o f sa m ad h i’. Since 定 is an abbreviation o f B h a d r a 4s A t t a i n m e n t of B uddhahood 23 鏵邂 ， it is obvious that wc should follow the established rule in rendering all 定 as 'd h y in j\ no( 'sam adhi1. c. The fifth piram ita. Jhyiina^paTamita. is (ran$U(cd in Tibetan as bsam^gtan ( * dhyanj) gyi pha*t0i*iu phyin^pa, not as iik*hr*^zm ( samidhi) gyi pha^rol^u phym^pa.
T hen Ananda said to the Buddha, “W orld-H onored O ne, w h at shall w e call this ^utra? ， 22 Sentient beings w h o desire to see the Tathagata and to do the B u d d h a’s w o rk for others in the future should acccpt, read, and recite this sutra and explain it extensively to others. W hy? Because to do so is to see the Tathagata and do the Buddha's w o rk for others. Therefore, Ananda, to uphold, read, recite, and circulatc this sutra is to pity, benefit, and gladden sentient beings. Those w h o aspire to advancc tow ard suprem e enlightenm ent should also study and practice this sutra diligently.
A Treasury of Mahayana Sutras: Selections from the Maharatnakuta Sutra by Garma C.C. Chang