Buddhist Sutras and Sutta English

A Sutra for Troubled Times: Usnisa Vijaya Dharani Sutra and Mantra— Purify Karma, Eliminate Illness and Prevent calamities

A special request from Buddha Weekly reader Mr Leung Mitchell John. Mr. Leung wrote to us and asked us to publish the Usnisa Vijaya Dharani Sutra, a sutra for troubled times — for the merit and benefit of all ...

Difficult lesson of karma: even “mass murderer” turned Arhat, Angulimala, had to bear the consequences of 999 murders

The story of Angulimala stands as one of the great sutras on Compassion. Shakyamuni Buddha, alone and unarmed, sets out to single-handedly stop a mass murderer from killing his own mother — just to add a 1000th "severed finger" ...

A Better Way to Catch a Snake Sutra: Buddha explains the danger of misinterpreting the Dharma

In this age of "fake news" it's interesting to note that "fake teachings" are a recurring theme in the Buddhist Sutras, especially in the Sutras featuring a Bhikshu named Arittha. A better word, might be "misinterpreted" teachings. Today, the ...

Finding the Good in Any Situation and “Turn the other cheek”? The Sutra with Advice to Venerable Punna from the Buddha

A few hundred years before the phrase "turn the other cheek" was coined, Buddha engaged in a brilliant advice session with the monk Venerable Punna. Although the advice was not specifically about "turning the other cheek" — Buddha ...

Buddha’s Teachings on Anger Management: Five Ways to Put an End to Anger, or to Use it Constructively and 3 Sutras on Anger

The Buddha said, “Conquer anger by non-anger. Conquer evil by good. Conquer miserliness by liberality. Conquer a liar by truthfulness.” (Dhammapada, v. 233) Anger is one of the great obstacles in Buddhist practice — and in daily life. ...

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Translation: The Sutra on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings “Torches That Help Light My Path”

"When I was seventeen and in my first year of novice studies at a Buddhist monastery in Vietnam, I had to memorize the Sutra on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings. Over sixty years have passed and ...

This is the Great Happiness: Mangala Sutta, The Sutra on Happiness, the Tathagata’s Teaching

The Buddha gives a teaching. "To be humble and polite in manner, To be grateful and content with a simple life, Not missing the occasion to learn the Dharma This is the great happiness." — Shakyamuni Buddha Among ...

Heart Sutra: Why it’s My Favorite Sutra

“Form is empty; emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form; form also is not other than emptiness. Likewise, feeling, discrimination, compositional factors and consciousness are empty.” TADYATHA OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA By Guest ...

Commentary On The Heart Sutra by Zasep Tulku Rinpoche — Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form

Commentary by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche — spiritual head of many Buddhist meditation centres in North America and Australia, author of two books, including a new autobiography (Review here>>). Commentary given in English at Golden Blue Lotus Centre, ...

Prominent Scientists Declare “All Non Human Animals… Are Conscious Beings.” The Dalai Lama Protests Chicken Slaughter. An Orangutan Won Non-Human Rights Over Zoo Keeper. What Do the Teachers Say About Non-Human Compassion?

A prominent international group of cognitive neuroscientists and other experts made a strong declaration, endorsed by Stephen Hawking, affirming that all "nonhuman animals... including octopuses" are sentient and feel emotions such as fear and happiness. In Argentina, an ...

Medicine Buddha Sutra: video audio recitation of full Sutta — listening or reciting is a very empowering healing practice

Jason Espada recites the full Medicine Buddha Sutra, here, in a video with wonderful Medicine Buddha images, illustrations Tangkhas and statues for visual contemplation. Reciting or listening to the Medicine Buddha Sutra is a very empowering healing practice. ...

Loving Kindness: My Favorite Sutra

By Jeremiah Suarez My favourite sutra is Discourse on Advantages of Loving-kindness. Each day, I contemplate it. I clear my mind first and realize what's most important to me. I want to walk the middle road, and live ...