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The Surangama Sutra

A New Translation

978-0-88139-962-2 $30.00 hardcover 554 pages LCC: BQ2122.E5B84 2009
Chinese text only 0-88139-404-1 $20
Commentaries on the Surangama Sutra by Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua
8 volumes in English

Vol. 1

978-088-139-9417, 296

pp, 12.00

Vol. 2

978-088-139-9424, 224


Vol. 3

978-088-139-9431, 242


Vol. 4

978-088-139-9448, 278


Vol. 5

978-088-139-9455, 246


Vol. 6

978-088-139-9462, 228


Vol. 7

978-088-139-9479, 276


Vol. 8

978-088-139-9486, 236


Dafo Ding Leng Yan Jing Qian Shi
A General Explanation of the Shurangama Sutra in Chinese 9 volumes set with commentary
9789867328427 $80.00


For over a thousand years, the Surangama Sutra has been held in great esteem in the Mahayana Buddhist countries of East and Southeast Asia and has been as popular as the Lotus, Heart and Diamond Sutras. Its wealth of theoretical and practical instruction in the spiritual life often made it the first major text to be studied by newly ordained monks, particularly in the Chan School.

The Sutra has been regarded as a complete and practical manual for spiritual practice that will lead to enlightenment. It gives instruction in the correct understanding of the Buddha-nature, which is the potential within all beings for becoming a Buddha. The Sutra explains how and why this true nature is hidden and how we can uncover this nature and recognize that it is our own true mind. The Sutra also explains that personal integrity and purity of conduct are prerequisites for spiritual awakening. It presents the principles of meditation, and provides guidelines for discerning what practices are correct and which deviate into wrong ones. It explains how our own intentional acts, whether physical, verbal, or mental, result in our experiences, including rebirths at various levels of being, both human and non-human.

At the heart of the Sutra is the Surangama Mantra. The Sutra promises that the practice of reciting this mantra, in the context of the other practices taught in the Sutra, can succeed in eliminating whatever internal or external obstacles may lie in the way of spiritual progress.

This all new translation of the Surangama Sutra was done over a period of more than six years by a committee of Buddhist academics and ordained monks lead by David Rounds, author of four books, and Dr. Ronald Epstein, a retired professor of religion and philosophy at California State University, San Francisco. Epstein, a practicing Buddhist scholar, holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and is author of the dictionary Buddhism A to Z.

What others are saying about this new translation

This lucid, accessible and reliable translation... will be a precious addition to the bookshelves of not only those interested in Buddhist philosophy but, more importantly, to those who wish to liberate their own hearts and minds for the benefit of themselves and all other living beings.

Ajahn Amaro Bhikkhu, co-abbot
Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery

A must for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the Buddhist teaching.

Huston Smith, author
The World’s Religions and Why Religion Matters

This eminently readable and clearly annotated English translation constitutes a significant contribution not only to the study but also to the practice of Buddhism in the West.

Bill Porter (“Red Pine”), translator
The Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma
The Collected Poems of Cold Mountain