Rice Seedling Sutra

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Rice Seedling Sutra (Skt. Śalistambasūtra; Tib. ས་ལུའི་ལྗང་པའི་མདོ་, Wyl. sa lu'i ljang pa'i mdo) — a short sutra of the Mahayana in which Buddha taught the twelve links of dependent origination. As summarized by the Buddhist translation group 84000:

In the sūtra, Śāriputra asks Maitreya to explain a statement that the Buddha had made earlier that day while gazing at a rice seedling: “Whoever sees dependent arising sees the Dharma. Whoever sees the Dharma sees the Buddha.” What follows is a brief and poignant description of the twelve links of dependent arising, the eightfold path of the noble ones, and their relation to outer and inner causes and conditions.[1]

Five features of dependently arising products

The Rice Seedling Sutra identifies five features of all dependently arising products:[2]

  1. They have come from causes (Tib. rgyu dang bcas las byung ba)
  2. They have come from impermanent conditions (Tib. mi rtag pa'i rkyen las byung ba)
  3. They are characterized by selflessness (Tib. bdag med pa'i las byung ba)
  4. They have come from conditions with potential (Tib. nus pa'i rkyen las byung ba)
  5. They have come from conditions free from the act of creation (Tib. bya ba med pa'i rkyen las byung ba)



  1. The Rice Seedling and its Fruit, http://84000.co/the-rice-seedling-and-its-fruit/
  2. Rinchen 2006, p. 122.


  • Geshe Sonam Rinchen, How Karma Works: The Twelve Links of Dependent Arising (Snow Lion, 2006)
  • The Dalai Lama, The Meaning of Life, translated and edited by Jeffrey Hopkins (Wisdom, 2000)
  • N. Ross Reat, The Śalistamba Sūtra (Dehli: Molital Baranasidas, 1993)
  • 84000.png The Rice Seedling (Śālistamba) - translation of the sutra into English by 84000

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