The Seven Buddhas

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The sutra, The Seven Buddhas (Skt. Saptabuddhaka; Tib. སངས་རྒྱས་བདུན་པ།, Wyl. sangs rgyas bdun pa), opens with the Buddha Shakyamuni residing in an alpine forest on Mount Kailash with a sangha of monks and bodhisattvas. The Buddha notices that a monk in the forest has been possessed by a spirit, which prompts the bodhisattva Akashagarbha to request that the Buddha teach a spell to cure diseases and exorcise demonic spirits. The Buddha then emanates as the set of “seven successive buddhas,” each of whom transmits a dharani to Akashagarbha. Each of the seven buddhas then provides ritual instructions for using the dharani.[1]


The Tibetan translation of this text can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Kangyur, Toh 270. It is also catalogued as Toh 512 in the Action Tantra section of the Tantra Collection, and as Toh 852 in the Compendium of Dharanis of the Dharani collection.


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.

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