Cultivating Trust in the Great Vehicle

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In Cultivating Trust in the Great Vehicle (Skt. Mahāyāna-prasāda-prabhāvana; Tib. ཐེག་པ་ཆེན་པོ་ལ་དད་པ་རབ་ཏུ་སྒོམ་པ།, Wyl. theg pa chen po la dad pa rab tu sgom pa), the Buddha Shakyamuni gives a discourse on the nature of trust (dad pa, prasada) according to the Great Vehicle. The teaching is requested by a bodhisattva known as Great Skilful Trust, who requests the Buddha to answer four questions concerning the nature of trust in the Great Vehicle: (1) What are the characteristics of trust? (2) How is trust developed? (3) What are the different types of trust? (4) What are the benefits of having trust? Over the course of the sutra, the Buddha answers all four questions, each in a separate chapter.


The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Kangyur, Toh 144.