The Question of Ksemankara

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The Question of Ksemankara (Skt. Kṣemaṅkaraparipṛcchā; Tib. བདེ་བྱེད་ཀྱིས་ཞུས་པ།, Wyl. bde byed kyis zhus pa) contains a teaching given by Buddha Shakyamuni to the Shakya youth Ksemankara, in response to a question he poses about the qualities of bodhisattvas and how to develop such qualities. The Buddha teaches him about bodhisattvas’ qualities, first in prose and later in verse, and then equates the teaching of this sutra with the perfection of insight, stating that even if one practices the first five perfections for many eons, one will not make much progress without knowing what is taught in this sutra.[1]

References

  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.

Text

The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Kangyur, Toh 165.