Buddhist Sūtras & Main Texts

Buddhist Sūtras | Index of Category

Buddhist Sūtras | Index of Category – Contains all most important Buddhist Sūtras and Canonical works – published in this category on Red Zambala – containing such sub-categories as – Theravada Sūtras, Important Treatises and Prayer-books from Theravada Buddhist tradition, All major Pure Land and Mahāyāna Sūtras, Several Important Vajrayana Sūtras from Tibetan Canon and as well several important Texts from Tibetan tradition – full...

Letter to a Friend | Nāgārjuna

Letter to a Friend by Nāgārjuna (c. 150 – c. 250 CE). The Triumphant has proclaimed 6 (objects) for continual mindfulness: a) the Buddhas, b) the Dharma, c) the Saṅgha, d) generous giving, e) ethical discipline, and f) the gods. - Be continually mindful of the mass of good qualities of these. Always entrust yourself, with body, speech, and mind, to the 10 pathways of...

Wheel of Sharp Weapons | Dharmarakṣita

Wheel of Sharp Weapons by Dharmarakṣita (c. 9th century). The Wheel of Sharp Weapons Effectively Striking the Heart of the Foe was composed by the great Yogi Dharmarakṣita in his retreat in the jungle where many fierce animals prey. From among his many disciples, Dharmarakṣita transmitted these teachings to Atiśa; and Atiśa practiced them wherever he travelled in order to tame those who were most...

Praise of Dependent Arising | Tsongkhapa

In Praise of Dependent Arising by Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419). Unawareness is the root of as much torment as there is in the world. Thus, you spoke of dependent arising, which, if seen, turns that back. How could those with intelligence not have comprehended the path of dependent arising as being the essential point of your teachings? “Whatever depends on conditions is devoid of a self-establishing nature.”

Foundation for Good Qualities | Tsongkhapa

The Foundation for Good Qualities by Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419). (Healthy) reliance on a kind spiritual master, the foundation for all good qualities, is the root of the path. Seeing this well, I request inspiration to rely with great appreciation, through many endeavours. I request inspiration quickly to develop on my mind-stream a path that combines the pair: a stilled, settled mind and an exceptionally perceptive mind.

3 Principal Aspects of the Path | Tsongkhapa

Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419). I shall try to explain, the essential meaning of all the scriptural pronouncements of the Triumphant Ones, the Path praised by the Triumphants’ holy offspring, the fording passage for the fortunate desiring liberation. Even if you have built up as habits Renunciation and a Bodhichitta aim, still, you have to develop the discriminating awareness

7 Limb Prayer | Śāntideva

The Seven Limb Prayer by Śāntideva, an 8th-century Indian Buddhist monk and scholar at Nālanda. I take safe direction, till my purified state, from the Buddhas, the Dharma, and the Highest Assembly. By the positive force of my giving and so on, may I actualize Buddhahood to help those who wander! Buddhas of all directions: please shine Dharma's lamp for limited beings suffering and groping...

8 Verses of Mind Training | Langri Tangpa

Eight Verses of Mind Training by Langri Tangpa (1054–1123). Whatever I am doing, may I check the flow of my mind, and the moment that conceptions or disturbing emotions arise, since they debilitate myself and others, may I confront and avert them with forceful means. When others, out of envy, treat me unfairly, may I accept the loss upon myself and offer the victory to others.

7 Point Mind Training | Geshe Chekawa

Seven Point Mind Training By Geshe Chekawa (1101–1175) (Edition Annotated by Thogme Zangpo). Point 1: The Preliminaries. Point 2: The Actual Training in Bodhichitta. Point 3: Transforming Adverse Circumstances into a Path to Enlightenment. Point 4: Condensation of the Practice in One Lifetime. Point 5: The Measure of Having Trained Our Minds. Point 6: 18 Close-Bonding Practices. Point 7: 22 Points to Train In. Concluding Verses

Root Text for Mahāmudrā | 4th Panchen Lama

Root Text for Mahāmudrā by Fourth Panchen Lama (Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen (1570–1662)). Here I shall give relevant instruction on Mahāmudrā and discuss the methods that lead you to know the mind, face to face, in keeping with the exposition of the lineage masters. From cultivating such (methods as these, you realize that,) the Essential Nature of the totally absorbed mind is a lucidity and clarity,...