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The Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows PDF

Here is The Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows, translated in Chinese from Sanskrit by Tripitaka Sramana Siksananda from the Khotan Country in the T’ang Dynasty.


The Great Compassion of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha was manifested by his profound Great Vow to uproot misery from and impart peace of mind to all sentient beings.

This is evidenced by the fact that even though he has already attained the stage of the Patient Endurance of the Uncreate and has comprehended and realized the nature of the Dharma for an incalculably long time, yet he does not desire to attain Buddhahood nor to dwell in the realm of eternal rest and light.

On the contrary, Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, using the power of his Great VOW, assumes various transformation bodies to meet the needs of and to convert all sentient beings, according to their natures, throughout many different worlds, even attempting to free all the beings suffering in the various hells.

To this purpose, Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha has taken the Great Vow as follows: “l shall attain Buddhahood only when every last sentient being has been converted and saved; and, furthermore, if Hell itself is not completely emptied of suffering beings, I vow never to enter Buddhahood.” How great and how wonderful is the limitless compassion of this Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha!

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