'phags pa nam mkha mdzod kyis zhus pa zhes bya ba theg pa chen po'i mdo
Dà jí dà xū kōng cáng pú sà suǒ wèn jīng
Questions of Gaganagañja Sūtra
The Sūtra of the Questions of Gaganagañja (Gaganagañjaparipṛcchāsūtra, Toh 148) is an important canonical work centering on the bodhisattva Gaganagañja’s inquiries to the Buddha, his display of seven miracles, and dialogue between various figures about core Mahāyāna principles. The sūtra covers topics such as the bodhisattva path, bodhicitta, concentration, buddha activity, wisdom (jñāna), as well as predictions about the future enlightenment of disciples. Throughout the discourse, the sky (gagana) is used as the central metaphor for emptiness (śūnyatā) and nonduality (advaya) to describe the nature of reality. (Source: 84000)
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- Han, Jaehee. "The Sky as a Mahāyāna Symbol of Emptiness and Generous Fullness: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: Volume 1, Introduction." PhD diss, University of Oslo, 2020. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eV_h79rKZEAI9b9TCfS5FqychvR01-Ir/view.
- Han, Jaehee. "The Sky as a Mahāyāna Symbol of Emptiness and Generous Fullness: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: Volume 2, Edition and Translation." PhD diss, University of Oslo, 2020. https://drive.google.com/file/d/15PllCXdnRPpXWLzF6UxsOHldmcdzqBKG/view.
Recensions of This Text
A passage from this sūtra is quoted by RGVV in the context of the tathāgata heart’s being like space, while the skandhas and so on that arise in it resemble the elements. This passage says twice that the afflictions are adventitious and the nature of the mind is fundamentally pure (this is repeated once elsewhere). However, this statement is found in many sūtras.
Apart from that, this sūtra is not related to the notion of buddha nature. (pp. 46-47)
- D148 (eighty-eight folios) as well as Taishō 397 (8) and 404.
|Other Titles||~ ārya-gaganagañja-paripṛcchā-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra|
|Text exists in||~ Tibetan|
|Canonical Genre||~ Kangyur · Sūtra · mdo sde · Sūtranta|
|Literary Genre||~ Sūtras - mdo|
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