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The 29 Chapter Version of the Sutra of Golden Light
« on: November 13, 2010, 12:27:25 pm »
A new blog is devoted to the current translation of the 29 Chapter Version of the Sutra of Golden Light:

http://sutraofgoldenlight.wordpress.com

Here you can also read the first chapter in this exciting and important translation.


Help Fund the Translation of the 29 Chapter Version of the Sutra of Golden Light

 
 The Sugatagarbha Translation Group is currently undertaking the translation of the 29 chapter version of the Sutra of Golden Light.

 The Sutra of Golden Light that is commonly known, translated and published by FPMT, is the smallest version, the 21 chapter version. Thus, there are 8 more chapters in this version, and some of the chapters from the 21 chapter version are significantly longer in the 29 chapter version. The 29 Chapter 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, 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 free distribution. 

The estimated cost of this translation is $28,000. When the translation is complete, the sutra will then be offered to a Dharma publishing house to publish for free distribution, and will be 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. However, it depends on whether the funding is there or not — which is where you come in.   

Thus far, less than 1 percent of the total translation costs have been covered. We need your help to get this sutra to the world.

If you would like to make an offering to this project, which will benefit the millions of people who will read this sutra, please contact the Sugatagarbha Translation Group at emptyelephant@yahoo.com. Donations can be made through Paypal using the same email address, emptyelephant@yahoo.com. If you don’t have Paypal, please contact the Sugatagarbha Translation Group at emptyelephant@yahoo.com and another form of payment will be set up.

All those who donate will be included in the list of sponsors at the beginning of the book. They will also have the merit of contributing to one the greatest translation projects of our time. 

Thank you for your generosity, and may all beings benefit!

Make a donation through Paypal using this email address: emptyelephant@yahoo.com, or email the Sugatagarbha Translation Group at the same address for another payment method. 

 Some Information about 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

Please consider making a donation to the translation of the 29 Chapter Version of the Sutra of Golden Light, a monumental and historical translation that will change the lives of millions, and help to usher in an era of world peace. The merit of your donation will bring you infinite skies of virtue and positive potential.

Contact the Sugatagarbha Translation Group at emptyelephant@yahoo.com

 


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