The Questions of Shrivasu

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The Questions of Shrivasu (Skt. Śrīvasuparipṛcchā; Tib. དཔལ་དབྱིག་གྱིས་ཞུས་པ།, Wyl. dpal dbyig gyis zhus pa) — in this sutra the Buddha is approached by the young merchant Shrivasu, who requests instruction on how to live his life as a novice bodhisattva. The Buddha is pleased and offers some pithy advice regarding the bodhisattva path that encapsulates the main altruistic aims and practices of the Mahayana. He states that foremost among the bodhisattva’s daily practices are taking refuge in the Three Jewels, practising the six perfections, and dedicating all resulting merit to the attainment of awakening for oneself and others.[1]


The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Dergé Kangyur, Toh 162.


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.