Friday, June 26, 2009

Sutra of Golden Light (金光明經)

I have often thought that if there had to be just one sutra for "modern times," it should be the King of Glorious Sutras, the Sublime Golden Light. As it happens, this sutra has its own web site where you can download the text in various languages.

I believe everyone should read this sutra, recite this sutra, and promulgate this sutra by various wholesome means. I believe we should send very beautiful and elaborate copies of this sutra to elected leaders, when they are sworn into office. That they would actually read and follow the sutra is almost too much to hope for, but at least they would derive some benefit from having the sutra among their possessions.

I also have the crazy idea that we should build four Golden Light Sutra chapels in our country: one each in the north, east, south, and west. The monks or nuns there could recite the sutra on a regular basis -- sort of like a Buddhist Coast Guard (although it could be argued that the Coast Guard, by its very nature and essence is already inherently Buddhist).

I also believe this sutra is particularly suited for situations involving disturbed people, or physically challenged people, and should be widely available in hospitals and so forth. You know, in such circumstances, I really respect the Taiwanese approach to such things. They will print up pocket or purse-sized editions with beautiful production values, and hand them out for free.

Today is the 17th Karmapa's birthday -- as we all know, he is emerging as a world leader -- and if you are looking to give him a present, why not read or recite the Sutra of Golden Light? You can download it with click, and then read or recite in the privacy of your own home, dedicating the merit to his long life and substantial benefit.

In fact, I would encourage you to do this.

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3 reader comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you because ideas))).

Anonymous said...

Many thanks!

Anonymous said...

I am a lay Tendai Buddhist and it has just come to my attention recently of the importance of this sutra in the Tendai tradition.
This is excellent. I will start today to read, recite and copy this most excellent of sutras.
Namu Amida Butsu