From Buddha-Nature


'phags pa sangs rgyas thams cad kyi yul la 'jug pa'i ye shes snang ba'i rgyan ces bya ba theg pa chen po'i mdo
Dà chéng rù zhū fó jìng jiè zhì guāng míng zhuāng yán jīng
The Ornament of the Light of Awareness that Enters the Domain of All Buddhas

The main topic of this sūtra is an explanation of how the Buddha and all things share the very same empty nature. Through a set of similes, the sūtra shows how an illusion-like Buddha may dispense appropriate teachings to sentient beings in accordance with their propensities. His activities are effortless since his realization is free from concepts. Thus, the Tathāgata’s non-conceptual awareness results in great compassion beyond any reference point. (Summary from 84000 Reading Room)

Relevance to Buddha-nature

One of the sūtra sources referenced several times in the Uttaratantra.

Recensions of This Text

Description from When the Clouds Part

This sūtra is quoted several times in RGVV.[1] In its comments on one of these quotes (the Tathāgata’s seeing the dhātu of sentient beings, which is pure, stainless, and without afflictions), RGVV explicitly equates the tathāgata heart with the dhātu of sentient beings.[2] The sūtra also says that the Tathāgata’s own purity and the purity of sentient beings are not two and cannot be made two (similar statements are frequently found in the prajñāpāramitā sūtras). In addition, the nine examples for enlightened activity in the Uttaratantra come from this sūtra (though unacknowledged). However, it does not contain any specific teachings on buddha nature. (p. 46)
  1. D100 (thirty folios) and Taishō 357–359.
  2. J9–10. Note however that "dhātu" (Tib. khams) in this quote could just as well be read as "realm."

Text Metadata

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

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