The Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras

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The Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras (Skt. Mahayanasutralankara; Tib. tekpa chenpö do de gyen) - One of the five treatises of Maitreya.


The text has twenty-one chapters (le’u):

  1. Chapter One
  2. Establishing the Mahayana
  3. Refuge
  4. Gotra (rigs)
  5. Bodhicitta (sems bskyed)
  6. Accomplishment/Practice (sgrub pa)
  7. Suchness (de kho na nyid)
  8. Power (mthu)
  9. Complete Maturation (yongs su smin pa)
  10. Awakening (byang chub)
  11. Aspiration (mos pa)
  12. yongs su tshol ba
  13. Explication (bshad pa)
  14. Practice (sgrub pa)
  15. gdams ngag rjes su bstan pa
  16. thabs dang ldan pa’i las
  17. The paramitas and means of attraction (bsdu ba)
  18. mchod pa dang bsten pa dang tshad med pa
  19. byang chub kyi phyogs dang mthun pa
  20. Enlightened Qualities (yon tan)
  21. spyod pa dang mthar thug pa


  • Asanga, Universal Vehicle Discourse Literature Mahayanasutralamkara (Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences), American Institute of Buddhist Studies, 2004