Favorite Sutra?

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Favorite Sutra?

Post by Ngawang Drolma » Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:09 am

Do you have a favorite sutra?


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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by zerwe » Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:19 am

At the moment my favorite sutra would be the vajra cutter.
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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by Su DongPo » Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:44 am

The Heart Sutra. It's really short! :smile:

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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by DGA » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:13 pm

Lotus Sutra.

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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by kirtu » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:12 pm

The Mahayana Brahma Net Sutra, the Anthill Sutta, the Lotus Sutra and the Avatamsaka Sutra.

So out of all of them the Brahma Net Sutra.

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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by conebeckham » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:21 pm

It changes..but currently it's the Avatamsaka and the Brahman Net (nods to Kirtu!)--Lankavatara is in my top ten for sure!

This shows, not the merit or value of the sutras named, though, but the mental condition of myself, the judge.


There is no "best" sutra--there is only that which various beings need, at various times.

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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by DNS » Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:09 am

Heart Sutra

Lankavatara Sutra

From the Theravada there is the Kalama Sutta (Anguttara Nikaya 3.65) and Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (Samyutta Nikaya 56.11) and others, if there is a Mahayana equivalent to those (such as in the Agamas).

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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by Astus » Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:16 pm

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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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by tktru » Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:30 am

All of them, as a former Governor of Alaska would say...

A quotation from one of those favorite sutras of mine....
"First: due to my attaining the miraculous wonder of hearing the mind, the essence of mind was liberated from the organ and states of hearing. Therefore, there was no distinction among seeing, hearing, sensation, knowing, and so forth. The enlightenment became a single, perfect fusion, pure and precious enlightenment. For that reason, I am able to manifest many wonderful appearances and can proclaim boundless secret holy mantras. Among those, I may appear with one head, three heads, five heads, seven heads, nine heads, eleven heads, and so forth, including a hundred and eight heads, a thousand heads, ten thousand heads, or eighty-four thousand vajra heads; two arms, four arms, six arms, eight arms, ten arms, twelve arms, fourteen, sixteen, eighteen arms, or twenty arms, twenty-four arms, and so forth until there may be a hundred and eight arms, a thousand arms, ten thousand arms, or eighty-four thousand mudra arms; two eyes, three eyes, four eyes, nine eyes, and so forth including a hundred and eight eyes, a thousand eyes, ten thousand eyes, or eighty-four thousand pure and precious eyes, sometimes compassionate, sometimes awesome, sometimes in Samadhi, sometimes displaying wisdom to rescue and protect living beings so that they may attain great self-mastery."
Shurangama Sutra, Scroll 6

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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by Ngawang Drolma » Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:45 am

I do like the Golden Light sutra :)

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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by plwk » Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:51 am

Da one where it tells ya to stop yadayada-ing and start practising? Wats iz name?

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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:26 pm

Avatamsaka Sutra!
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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by smcj » Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:27 pm

The Uttaratantra, hands down.
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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by Admin_PC » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:58 pm

The Shorter Sukhavativyuha Sutra, as it's the one I've read the most commentaries on, the one I've recited the most, and the one that tends to pop into my head at the most random times. That being said, there are a LOT of sutras I enjoy.
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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by Bakmoon » Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:38 am

The Avatamsaka Sutra is my favorite. It's a veritable encyclopedia of both practical and doctrinal information, and it's expressed in such beautiful and profound poetry and imagery.

After that, I'd probably say the Lankavatara Sutra. It just covers so much ground and clarifies so many things.

In third place I'd either say the Prajnaparamita Sutra in 25,000 lines or the Diamond Sutra.

The Pratyutpana Samadhi Sutra is always worth reading. Also the Samdhinirmocana Sutra as well.

I find the Srimaladevi Sutra to be the clearest of the Tathagatagarbha Sutras personally.

For non-Mahayana Sutras I would probably say the Saccavibhanga Sutta, the Samannaphala Sutta, the Brahmajala Sutta, the Satipatthana Sutta, the Anapanasati Sutta, and the Chachakka Sutta all make it onto my favorites list.

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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by Rakz » Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:54 am

Nicholas Weeks wrote:Avatamsaka Sutra!

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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by Boomerang » Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:02 am

The Sanghata Sutra was the first long sutra that I recited all the way through. Every once in a while I listen to the audiobook.
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Re: Favorite Sutra?

Post by Sprouticus » Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:39 am


The Heart Sutra and the Karaniya Metta Sutta. The mantra at the end of the Heart Sutra is very moving, each and every time I hear or recite it.
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