Sutra on Dependent Arising
Sutra on Dependent Arising (Skt. Pratītyasamutpāda-sutra; Tib. རྟེན་ཅིང་འབྲེལ་བར་འབྱུང་བའི་མདོ།, ten ching drelwar jungwé do, Wyl. rten cing ‘brel bar ‘byung ba’i mdo) — while the Buddha was residing in the Heaven of the Thirty-Three with a retinue of deities, arhats, and bodhisattvas, Avalokiteshvara asked the Buddha how beings can gain merit from building a stupa. The Buddha responded by stating the Buddhist creed on dependent origination:
- All phenomena originate from causes,
- The Tathagata has taught these causes,
- And also that which puts a stop to these causes,
- This too has been taught by the Great Shramana.
The Buddha then explains that this dependent arising is the dharmakaya, and that whoever sees dependent arising sees the Buddha. He concludes the sutra by saying that one should place these verses inside stupas to attain the merit of Brahma.
- The Tibetan translation of this text can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Derge Kangyur, Toh 212. It is also catalogued as Toh 520 in the Action Tantra section of the Tantra Collection, and Toh 980 in the Compendium of Dharanis of the Dharani collection.
- English translation: The Sutra on Dependent Arising
- 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha, and quotation by Rigpa Translations