Sutra of the Wheel of Dharma

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The Sutra of the Wheel of Dharma (Skt. Dharmacakrasūtra; Tib. ཆོས་ཀྱི་འཁོར་ལོའི་མདོ་, Wyl. chos kyi ‘khor lo’i mdo) — according to all of the Buddhist traditions, this is Buddha’s first teaching, which he gave to his five former spiritual companions, on the Four Noble Truths that he had discovered as part of his awakening.

Since 'turning the wheel of Dharma' is a figurative expression used for teaching the Dharma, this discourse is also known as The Sutra of the Turning of the Wheel of Dharma.

Tibetan Text

  • Dergé Kangyur, General Sutra section, Toh. 337
  • The Kangyur also contains a translation of the Dhamma­chakkapavattana­sutta from the Pali Canon: The Sūtra of the Turning of the Wheel of Dharma (Toh 31). This is one of only fourteen texts in the Kangyur that were translated into Tibetan from the Pali. This text is found in the Degé Kangyur, vol. 34 (shes phyin, ka), folios 180b.1-183a.6.[1]


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