The Inquiry of Lokadhara

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In The Inquiry of Lokadhara (Skt. Lokadharaparipṛcchā; Tib. འཇིག་རྟེན་འཛིན་གྱིས་ཡོངས་སུ་དྲིས་པ། , Wyl. ‘jig rten ‘dzin gyis yongs su dris pa) the bodhisattva Lokadhara asks the Buddha to explain the proper way for bodhisattvas to discern the characteristics of phenomena and employ that knowledge to attain awakening. In reply, the Buddha teaches at length how to understand the lack of inherent existence of phenomena. As part of the teaching, the Buddha explains in detail the non-existence of the aggregates, the elements, the sense sources, dependently originated phenomena, the four applications of mindfulness, the five powers, the eightfold path of the noble ones, and mundane and transcendent phenomena, as well as conditioned and unconditioned phenomena.[1]


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.


The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Kangyur, Toh 174.