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Shurangama Sutra

Shurangama Sutra

Full title: Sutra of the Foremost Shurangama at the Great Buddha's Summit Concerning the Tathagata's Secret cause of Cultivation, His Certification to the Complete Meaning and All BodhiSattvas' Myriad practices_.

Commentary by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

The Shramana Venerable Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua states: “People who study the Buddha Dharma should certainly investigate the Shurangama Sutra and gain a thorough understanding of it. The Shurangama Sutra is for bringing forth Great Wisdom. If you want to have right knowledge and Right Views and open Great Wisdom, you should certainly understand the Shurangama Sutra. The Shurangama Sutra breaks up the deviant and reveals the Proper. It smashes all the Heavenly demons and those of externalist sects and reveals the innate Human capacity for Right Knowledge and Right Views. But when the Buddha Dharma is just about to become extinct, the very first Sutra to vanish will be the Shurangama Sutra. If we wish to protect and maintain the Proper Dharma, we should investigate the Shurangama Sutra, come to understand the Shurangama Sutra, and protect the Shurangama Sutra. When the Buddha Dharma is about to become extinct, weird demons and strange ghosts will come into the World, people with deviant knowledge and deviant views. They will be wise to the ways of the World and will be endowed with powers of debate and keen intelligence. They will argue that the Shurangama Sutra is spurious – inauthentic – and will tell people not to believe it.

“Why will they say the Shurangama Sutra is spurious?

“It is because the Shurangama Sutra tells about all their faults. It discusses their kinds of deviant knowledge and deviant views. If the Shurangama Sutra remains in the World, no one will believe their deviant views. If there is no Shurangama Sutra, then their deviant knowledge and deviant views will succeed in confusing people. Therefore, they argue that the Shurangama Sutra is spurious. This is the appearance of demon kings. Those who study the Buddha Dharma should be particularly attentive to this point. They should be particularly careful not to be influenced by the deviant knowledge and deviant views of those demon kings.” (SS II 161-162)

“In this, the Dharma Ending Age, the Dharma will disappear. The first Sutra to disappear will be the Shurangama Sutra. That is why those who study the Buddha Dharma should first investigate the Shurangama Sutra. As long as someone understands this Sutra, the Buddha Dharma will not become extinct. As long as there is someone who can recite the Shurangama Mantra (which is part of the Sutra), the demon kings, the Heavenly demons and followers of externalist teachings will not dare to come into the World to play their tricks and to make trouble. The Shurangama Mantra is the most miraculous Mantra for helping the World. The Shurangama Sutra is the primary Sutra which protects and supports the Orthodox Dharma.” (BRF 18)

Actual Sutra Text

Chinese: Da-fwo-ding Shou-leng-yen Ching , 10 rolls (Taisho T. 845). Translated into Chinese by Paramiti and others in A.D. 705. Eighth Century A.D. (Tang Dynasty)

English: Shurangama Sutra, 8 Volumes. Buddhist Text Translation Society.

See also: *Shurangama Mantra

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BTTS References: SS I-VIII; BRF 18-19.


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