Bhadrakalpika Sūtra

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Bhadrakalpikasūtra (T. བསྐལ་པ་བཟང་པོའི་མདོ་, bskal pa bzang po’i mdo C. Xianjie jing) or Fortunate Aeon Sutra, is a Mahayana sutra of the Sanskrit tradition in which the Buddha teaches a special concentration for bodhisattvas and provides detail descriptions of the 1002 buddhas of this Fortunate Aeon.[1][2]

According to Buswell, the text was written in c. 200-250 CE, and translated into Chinese by Dharmaraksa about fifty years later.[1] The text is found in the first volume of the sutra section of the Tibetan Kangyur. The original Sanskrit text is now lost.

This sutra was taught by Buddha Shakyamuni in Vaishali at the request of Bodhisattva Pramuditarāja,

Early Translations

Into Chinese

The text was translated into Chinese by Dharmaraksa in about 290.[1][2]

Into Tibetan

  • First translated from Sanskrit into Tibetan by Vidyākarasiṁha and Bandé Palyang.
  • Tibetan translation revised in the 9th century by Kawa Paltsek
  • In the Tengyur: Toh. 94

English Translations

  • The Fortunate Aeon: How the Thousand Buddhas Became Enlightened (Tibetan Translation Series), 4 volume set (Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1986).
  • Sūtra of the Good Eon, 84000. Translation in progress; see [1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Princeton Dict icon 166px.png Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton: 2014), s.v. Bhadrakalpikasūtra
  2. 2.0 2.1 RW icon height 18px.png Fortunate Aeon Sutra


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