King of Samadhi Sutra

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The King of Samadhi Sutra (Skt. Samādhirāja Sūtra; Wyl. ting nge 'dzin gyi rgyal po'i mdo) aka the Moon Lamp Sutra (Skt. Candrapradīpa; Wyl. zla ba sgron me'i mdo) is a famous mahayana sutra that is frequently cited in Madhyamika treatises, as well as teachings on Mahamudra.

Tibetan Texts

  • This sutra can be found in the Kangyur (Derge edition), Volume 55, folios 1r. to 170v., where the full Tibetan title is: (Wyl.) 'phags pa chos thams cad kyi rang bzhin mnyam pa nyid rnam par spros pa ting nge 'dzin gyi rgyal po zhes bya ba theg pa chen po'i mdo/

Sanskrit title: arya-sarvadharmasvbhavasamatavipancitasamadhirja-namamahayanasutra

The translators from Sanskrit to Tibetan were: (Wyl.) rgya gar gyi mkhan po shI len dra bo d+hi dang / zhu chen gyi lo tsA ba ban+de d+harma tA shI la

Translations

  • 'The Sūtra of the King of Samādhis: Chapters I-IV' in Luis O. Gómez and Jonathan A. Silk (ed.s), Studies in the Literature of the Great Vehicle: Three Mahāyāna Buddhist Texts
  • Konstanty Régamey, Philosophy in the Samādhirājasūtra, Motilal Banarsidass (Delhi 1990), reprint of 1938 Warsaw edition. (Includes Sanskrit, Tibetan and English versions of chapters 8, 19 and 22)

Further Reading

  • Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, King of Samadhi. Rangjung Yeshe Publications
  • Skilton, Andrew. Samādhirājasūtra, contained in: Jens Braarvig, Paul Harrison, Jens-Uwe Hartmann, Kazunobu Matsuda, Lore Sander, ed., Buddhist Manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection, Volume II (Hermes Academic Publishing (Oslo 2002), pp. 97-178.
  • Skilton, Andrew. 'Dating the Samādhirāja Sūtra ' in Journal of Indian Philosophy, Volume 27, Number 6, 635-652

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