Sanghata Sutra

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Sanghata Sutra (Skt. Ārya Sanghātasūtradharmaparyāya) is one of a special set of Buddhist Mahayana sutras called dharma-paryayas, or ‘transformative teachings,’ that function to transform those who hear or recite them in particular ways. Within the sutra, the Buddha provides numerous descriptions of the ways in which the sutra works on those who recite it to clear away their seeds of suffering, and to assure their future happiness all the way up to enlightenment. It describes in detail the incredible merit and benefit of hearing even just one of its verses. The sutra also includes some forceful teachings on death and impermanence, including a teaching on the physical and mental processes that occur at the time of death.[1]

Quotations from the Sutra

Those who recall the Buddha as supreme,
these skillful ones indeed are happy.
Those who have faith in the Mahayana too
will not go to bad migrations.[2]
As for the virtues of those who have read
one mere stanza of four lines,
though conquerors as many as grains of sand
in eighty-four of the Ganges rivers should describe uninterruptedly
all the merit of those who have read
this sutra, the Sangháta,
still that merit would not run out.[3]
Whoever hears this Sanghata dharma-paryaya will have their five uninterrupted karmas purified, and they will never turn away from unsurpassed, perfect and complete enlightenment.
Those bodhisattvas, great beings (who hear this Sanghata sutra) will also produce as much a mass of merit as the masses of merit of as many tathagatas, arhats, perfect and complete buddhas as grains of sand in the Ganges river.[4]

In Khenpo Kunpal's Nectar of Manjushri's Speech we find the sutra quoted:

Concerning the merit of generosity practiced in connection with the Dharma, we find in the Samghata-sutra:
The one who to my Doctrine gives
No more than just a little thing,
Will have great wealth and many riches
For eighty thousand kalpas.[5]


  • Sanghata Sutra, translated from tibetan by Ven. Damchö Diana Finnegan


  2. English translation by Ven. Damchö Diana Finnegan, page 8
  3. Ibid., page 9-10
  4. Ibid., page 3
  5. Kunzang Palden, The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech: A Detailed Commentary on Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva, page 432 (Shambhala, 2007)

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