Sutras of the Chinese Canon?

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Sutras of the Chinese Canon?

Post by seeker242 » Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:24 pm

So how would one go about determining what particular Mahayana sutras are canonical according to the Chinese Canon? Is there a list somewhere, in English? For example, is the Lotus Sutra canonical? The Heart sutra? The Diamond sutra? The Surangama? I'm sure there is someone who could tell me if they are or not but how would I find out for myself?
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Re: Sutras of the Chinese Canon?

Post by Losal Samten » Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:40 pm

Not quite what you're looking for, but this and the links within may be of some help.

http://mbingenheimer.net/tools/bibls/transbibl.html
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Re: Sutras of the Chinese Canon?

Post by crazy-man » Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:39 pm

Buddhist Scriptures in Multiple Languages
http://www.fodian.net/world/

Catalog of Chinese Translation of the Buddhist Canon
http://www.kanji.zinbun.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~ ... atalog.pdf

Database of Chinese Buddhist texts
http://kanji.zinbun.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~witt ... canwww.htm

Digital Database of Buddhist Tripitaka Catalogues
http://jinglu.cbeta.org/index_e.htm

The SAT Daizōkyō Text Database
http://21dzk.l.u-tokyo.ac.jp/SAT/index_en.html

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Re: Sutras of the Chinese Canon?

Post by Fortyeightvows » Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:48 pm

Type the title into cbeta.
All the sutras have a place in the taisho tripiktaka, it is generally considered the authority.... Volume number first then the section number.
Not all of the cannon is sutras either...

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Re: Sutras of the Chinese Canon?

Post by Astus » Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:04 pm

seeker242 wrote:So how would one go about determining what particular Mahayana sutras are canonical according to the Chinese Canon?
There are canons, not just a single authoritative collection. And even in one canon you can find more than one translation of a number of sutras. Previously it was the emperor in China who authorised (and sponsored) a collection.

You can read about it a bit on Wikipedia.
Is there a list somewhere, in English?
Check this: Map of the Taisho and Zen Portion of the Zokuzokyo
For example, is the Lotus Sutra canonical? The Heart sutra? The Diamond sutra? The Surangama? I'm sure there is someone who could tell me if they are or not but how would I find out for myself?
If you look at the above "map", you find that there are whole sections, like one for the Lotus Sutra (Volume 9: 法華部類 Lotus Sutra Section: T0262 – T0277), a smaller for the Heart Sutra (T0250-T0257 般若心經 Wisdom Heart Sutras), and the Diamond Sutra (T0235-T0239 金剛般若經 Vajra Wisdom Sutras). As for the Surangama, there is the Surangamasamadhi Sutra (T0642) translated by Kumarajiva in the Sutra section, and there is the Surangama Sutra (T0945), the one popular among Chan people, in the Tantra section.

If you want to find out for yourself, check the source of the English translation. For instance, Rulu uses the CBETA version of the Taisho Canon, and he notes that in the translation, just like other translators do.
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.


1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"

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