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  • The Vimalakirti Sutra

  • By: Anonymous, Burton Watson - translation
  • Narrated by: Taradasa
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
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The Vimalakirti Sutra is one of the most popular Mahayana sutras. One reason for the Sutra’s popularity is that its principal character, Vimalakirti, is not a Buddha or a Bodhisattva or even a monk but a layman with a family living in India, leading - apparently - a secular life. This does not hinder his ability, the Sutra proclaims, to be a man of remarkable spiritual understanding and attainment - so much so that he confidently lectures and advises arhats (enlightened monks) and bodhisattvas (perfected individuals working for the enlightenment of all) on spiritual matters. 

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  • Excellent performance of a classic

  • By Graham on 01-18-19

Excellent performance of a classic

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Reviewed: 01-18-19

Highly recommended!

One of the classics in world religions, the Buddhist canon, and literature from antiquity. This translation is by Burton Watson, a giant of Chinese translation. The language is plainspoken and accessible. It's performed with clarity.

This is sutra necessary for anyone interested in Buddhism in India, Tibet, or China.

The sutra even has a sense of humor. But it's filled with dharma that will be familiar to any Mahayana practitioner.

The teachings here are vast and profound. Expect to be surprised.