From Buddha-Nature


'phags pa de bzhin gshegs pa'i yon tan dang ye shes bsam gyis mi khyab pa'i yul la 'jug pa bstan pa zhes bya ba theg pa chen po'i mdo
Dà fāng guǎng rù rú lái zhì dé bù sī yì jìng jiè jīng
Sūtra Showing the Realm of the Inconceivable Qualities and Wisdom of the Tathāgatas

One of the sūtra sources for the Ratnagotravibhāga, especially in terms of the last of the seven vajra topics discussed therein—namely, the activities.

Relevance to Buddha-nature

A sūtra source for the seventh vajrapada discussed in the Ratnagotravibhāga, the activities (karman or phrin las). This sūtra mainly underscores the point that the Buddha has no conceptual thoughts and the nature of the Buddha is eternal, permanent and immutable. Yet, the activities of the Buddha are said to appear spontaneously without any contrived thought in accordance with the needs of the sentient beings. Thus, sentient beings see the Buddha in different forms, colors and stages of life. Analogies such as a clear vaidurya stone taking the colors of the cloth on which it is placed, the sun, the moon, the earth, space, etc. are used to illustrate how different appearances and manifestations can take place without foregoing conceptual thought. The sūtra also lists the many achievements and merits such as ten powers, ten strengths, ten treasures and samādhis of the bodhisattva who follow a virtuous teacher.

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Description from When the Clouds Part

This work mentions once that all buddhas are permanent, eternal, and immutable but does not contain any teachings on buddha nature per se.[1] It is quoted once in RGVV as the alternative source (besides the Dhāraṇīśvararājasūtra) of the seventh vajra point (enlightened activity). (p. 46)
  1. D185 (thirty-eight folios) and Taishō 302–4.

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Other Titles ~ ārya-tathāgata-guṇajñāna-acintyaviṣaya-avatāra-nirdeśa-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra
Text exists in ~ Tibetan
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Canonical Genre ~ Kangyur · Sūtra · mdo sde · Sūtranta
Literary Genre ~ Sūtras - mdo

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