The Questions of Rastrapala

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The Questions of Rastrapala (Skt. Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā; Tib. ཡུལ་འཁོར་སྐྱོང་གིས་ཞུས་པ།, Wyl. yul ‘khor skyong gis zhus pa) is one of the earliest Mahayana sutras and belongs to the Heap of Jewels collection in the Dergé Kangyur.

The newly ordained monk Rastrapala questions the Buddha about the proper conduct of a bodhisattva. The Buddha proceeds to explain its features in detail, giving as examples his own conduct in his multiple past lives. He tells the story of his past life as prince Punyarashmi, who abandoned pleasure, a kingdom, and riches to follow the bodhisattva path to enlightenment for the sake of sentient beings.[1]


The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the Heap of Jewels section of the Tibetan Dergé Kangyur, Toh 62


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.