Proper Dharma Conduct

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Proper Dharma Conduct (Skt. Dharmanaya; Tib. ཆོས་ཀྱི་ཚུལ།, Wyl. chos kyi tshul) takes place in the Jeta Grove at Shravasti. Knowing that many bodhisattvas are wondering about proper Dharma conduct, the Buddha Shakyamuni gives a teaching on this topic to a great number of bodhisattvas. The teaching follows a format in which the Buddha first makes a short cryptic statement that seems to go against the conventions of proper behaviour for bodhisattvas. The bodhisattvas then inquire as to the meaning of this statement, and the Buddha proceeds to explain how to interpret the initial statement in order to decipher the underlying meaning. Because of his teaching, many gods and bodhisattvas are able to make great progress on the path.[1]


The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Kangyur, Toh 244


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.