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Significance of the Shurangama Sutra
First Annual Summer Retreat, July 13-27, 2001
The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Ukiah, California

photo by Sandy Chiang
The Significance of the Shurangama Sutra
by Loc Huynh

July 2001 | Last winter, a group of young people gathered at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas for a brief introductory retreat on the Shurangama Sutra. This summer, we have returned to ask for more-to go deeper into the study and practice of the Buddhadharma, in particular with relation to the Shurangama Sutra. Significance of the Shurangama Sutra

It is said that every Dharma that exists is found within the Shurangama Sutra. With respect to Mahayana Buddhism, this sutra is considered a cornerstone of the proper dharma. The text of the Shurangama is deep and the principles profound. With a balance in philosophy and practice, the essence of the five schools of Buddhism are presented in the text: Pureland, Ch'an, Vinaya (precepts), Teaching (sutra study), and Esoteric (mantras). The Shurangama Sutra describes how one's samadhi power, or ability to totally concentrate, is the fundamental requirement for proper cultivation.

This sutra is very appropriate for students and people new to Buddhism, especially in this time of scientific advancement. In this eight-scroll sutra, the Buddha is meticulously logical and methodical in his exposition of Buddhism. The Sutra includes an analysis of where the mind is located, an explanation of the origin of the cosmos, a discussion of the mechanics of karma, a description of all the realms of existence and how one might transmigrate to each realm, and a description of fifty kinds of deviant states that can mislead us in our search for awakening. Also, we are treated to twenty-five enlightened beings revealing their methods for awakening.

Significance of the Shurangama Sutra
* Master Hsuan Hua's 1968 lecture

DM Heng Chih

Evening Guest Speakers
DM Heng Hsien
DM Heng Tso
DM Heng Jen
DM Heng Yin
Dr. Ron Epstein, and
Mr. David Rounds

Program Information
* Retreat Program
* Participants' Reflection
* Participants' Reflection 2

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