From Buddha-Nature


'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
D148   ·  T404

Essentially a discourse on merit, particularly that of the buddhas who have accumulated it over countless eons, this sūtra is quoted briefly in the Ratnagotravibhāga in the context of the adventitious nature of the afflictions and the pure nature of the mind.

Recensions of This Text

Description from When the Clouds Part

A passage from this sūtra[1] is quoted by RGVV[2] 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)

  1. D148 (eighty-eight folios) as well as Taishō 397 (8) and 404.
  2. J44–45.

Text Metadata

Other Titles ~ ārya-gaganagañja-paripṛcchā-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra
Text exists in ~ Tibetan
~ Chinese
Canonical Genre ~ Kangyur · Sūtra · mdo sde · Sūtranta
Literary Genre ~ Sūtras - mdo

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