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By Garma C.C. Chang
The Maharatnakuta Sutra is without doubt one of the 5 significant sutra teams within the Mahayana canon. Of the 2 nice colleges of Buddhism, Mahayana has the best variety of adherents around the globe -- it prevails one of the chinese language, eastern, Koreans, Tibetans, and Vietnamese -- and includes inside of it a few events, significantly Zen, which were of starting to be curiosity within the West in fresh many years.
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T h e reasons are as follows: a. A lthough 定 and 三昧 are alm ost interchangeable in M ahayana siitras, they are not so in every case. N o translator renders 四 色 界 定 （ the four dhyanas o f form) as ‘the four samadhis o f fo r m ’，or 四無色定 （ the four formless dhyanas) as ‘the four samadhis w ithout form ， . T herefore, for the sake o f convention and uniform ity, w e distinguish the tw o terms. A lthough in som e sutras the same “trance” m ay be referred to as 定 and 三'昧in different places, w e leave the responsibility to such sutras themselves, and w c do n ot assume the liberty o f changing our rendering at will.
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Garigottara, after m y parinirvana, there will be som e people able to spread this profound D harm a, w hich can stop the rounds o f sarnsara. H o w ever, some fools, becausc o f their evil views, will hate those D harm a-m astcrs, and will con trive to harm them. " T he W o rld -H o n o red O n e replied, “T o stop the rounds o f samsara is [to penetrate] reality, the realm o f the inconccivable. Such a D h arm a can n o t be d am aged or destroyed. " Then the W orld-H onored One smiled graciously and em itted from his fore head blue, yellow, red, white, and crystalline lights.
A Treasury of Mahayana Sutras: Selections from the Maharatnakuta Sutra by Garma C.C. Chang