The Gandi Sutra

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The Gandi Sutra (Skt. Gaṇḍīsūtra; Tib གཎ་ཌཱིའི་མདོ།, Wyl. gaN DI’i mdo) tells of when the Buddha is dwelling in the Bamboo Grove monastery near Rajagriha, together with a thousand monks and a host of bodhisattvas, and King Prasenajit arises from his seat, bows at the Buddha’s feet, and asks him how to uphold the Dharma in his kingdom during times of conflict. In reply the Buddha instructs the king about the gandi, a wooden ritual instrument, and tells him how the sound of this instrument, used for Dharma practice in a temple or monastery, quells conflict and strife for all who hear it. He describes how to make, consecrate, and sound the gandi. He explains that the gandi symbolizes the Perfection of Insight and describes in detail the many benefits it confers.[1]


The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Kangyur, Toh 298


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.