The Original Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra

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The Original Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra 
(Sanskrit: Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Pūrvapraṇidhāna Sūtra;
 Chinese: 地藏菩薩本願經)

The Original Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra is a Mahayana Buddhist teaching on Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, who vowed not to attain final enlightenment until after the hell realm is emptied. The sutra illustrates how Ksitigarbha became a bodhisattva with his great vows for the well-being of all sentient beings. In addition, the practices of Ksitigarbha bring 28 auspicious results to oneself.

《地藏菩薩本願經》是一部漢傳佛教重要的經典。地藏菩薩誓願“地獄不空,誓不成佛!”《地藏菩薩本願經》記載了佛陀在忉利天宮為母說法時,讚揚藏菩薩為度眾生“久遠劫來發弘誓願”的非凡之舉,講述地藏菩薩在因地修行过程中的事迹,並介紹了讀誦該經典的二十八種殊勝利益。

Contents

  • Introduction by Venerable Master Hsing Yun
  • Incense Praise
  • Sutra Opening Verse
  • Original Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra
    1. Spiritual Penetration in Trayastrimsa Heaven
    2. The Assembly of the Emanations
    3. Observing the Karmic Conditions of Living Beings
    4. The Karmic Consequences of Living Beings of Jambudvipa
    5. The Names of the Hells
    6. The Praise of the Tathagata
  • cont.

    7. Benefiting the Living and the Deceased
    8. The Praise of King Yama and His Retinue
    9. Reciting the Names of Buddhas
    10. Comparing the Conditions and Virtues of Giving
    11. The Dharma Protection of the Earth Spirit
    12. The Benefits from Seeing and Hearing
    13. Entrusting Humans and Devas

  • Praise
  • Praise of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva
  • Triple Refuge
  • Dedication of Merit