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Bhaisajya-guru-sutra (Kashmiri Buddhist Manuscript)

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ISBN: 818597263X
Publication Date: 1995

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Product Code: 16890

With introduction and commentary by F.M. Hassnain and Tokan D. Sumi

A wonderful archaelogical discovery in Kashmir is the find of several Buddhist sutras deposited in a stupa at Gilgit. These were written in early 6th century and are the earliest Buddhist manuscripts so far discovered in India? These sutras were known to the Buddhist world through translations only in the Chinese and Tibetan. As such, the original Bhaisajya-Guru-Sutra, edited by Professor Hassnain and Professor Sumi will be of great interest to Buddhist scholars specially in Japan, China and India. The sutra deals with the great vows of the seven past Buddhas. Its Chinese translation was done by Srimitra in about 322 A.D. from China, the sutra passed to Japan, where it attained much popularity and the Emperor Temmei founded the temple of Bhaisajya-Guru at Yamato.

The Bhaisajya-Guru is one of the most popular Buddhas in Tibet, China and Japan. The sutra gives an account of the method of worshipping the Tathagata and makes mention of the merits acquired by those who hear and preach the name of Bhaisajya-Guru. Such worship brings the worshipper peace of mind, protection of life and abundance of wealth.

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