Śūraṅgama Sūtra - Volume 8
[02:23:58]  August 10th, 2023

In this Special Episode, I'll be reciting Volume 8 of Śūraṅgama Sūtra.

Śūraṅgama Sūtra is a Mahayana Buddhist scripture which first appeared in 8th century China, though it may have been circulated before that, possibly in India as well.

Volume 8 depicts Lord Buddha warning Ananda and the assembly about subtle demonic states with can occur during meditation, as well as various forms of dysfunctional and abusive guru-disciple relationships which can arise out of unrecognised desire and illusory enlightenment.

This scripture is held in high regard by the Chan and Zen schools of Buddhism, and was translated into Tibetan in the 9th century and included in the canon of Mahayana scriptures studied by Vajrayana Buddhists there as well.

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