Ākāśagarbha, the Bodhisattva “Essence of Space” The sūtra is widely known in the Tibetan Buddhist community, at least by name. This. Akasagarbha Sutra – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. tibet. The Akasagarbha Sutra states: ”If a person seeks wisdom, the love and respect of all, a wonderful singing voice, the position of King or Emperor or high ranking.

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Translating the Words of the Buddha. This translation has been completed under the patronage and supervision of In early Buddhist theory, space is non-obstruction, the lack of matter allowing for the unhindered movement of the four great elements of earth, water, fire, and air. Space is also non-obstructible due to its omnipresence and its eternal nature.

Apart from being the mere absence of obstruction, it is also counted as one of the three unconditioned dharmas or phenomena in this world, the other two being the two types of cessation. As the embodiment of non-obstruction, he helps beings remove obstacles from the path to awakening, in particular the obstacles caused by their own misdeeds, by making them disclose their transgressions.

This is the earliest version of the text we have, for the Sanskrit is no longer extant. The Chinese version of this text differs significantly from the Tibetan translation found in the Kangyur.

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Our text indeed repeatedly mentions the meditative concentration of brave progression Skt. It is this faith, supported by the devotional practices of worship and offering, that will invoke his presence and blessings.


Once invoked, the bodhisattva will help devotees according to their capacities and inclinations by aaksagarbha making them disclose their negative actions.

This practice of disclosure or confession of negative deeds is regarded as a fundamental element of Buddhist practice.

Essential for the purification of the mind, it forms the third part of the seven-limbed practice Tib. But what precisely are those negative actions that are to be disclosed by the followers of the Buddha?

The so-called downfalls are violations of vows or principles of conduct specific to different kinds of Buddhist followers. In Buddhism, vows are forms of spiritual commitment taken to ensure steady progress on the path.

Deceiving others, claiming one has realized the profound teachings on emptiness when one has not. Causing monastics to abandon their contemplative training and diverting offerings intended for contemplative monastics to benefit monastics engaged in mere recitation practice. Limitless, he provides beings with whatever they need; knowing no obstacles, he removes whatever may hinder them from seeing reality.


Whenever confronted with problematic or difficult passages, we discussed the variants with the Tibetan scholars we worked with in order to find what is most probably the correct reading of the text. The task of translation inevitably coincides with the task of interpretation, and any translation will be only one of the possible readings of the text.

With all of the resources at our disposal, we have tried our best to understand and translate those lines; but the clarity we have aimed for in the resultant English verses does not reflect the ambiguous nature of the Tibetan text, cryptic in many places.


We apologize for all instances where we did not do it justice. In the process of trying to reconstruct their most correct Sanskrit reading, we faced many problems despite the assistance of a Sanskrit expert. Solving them would entail a separate research project, well akasagarnha the scope of the present translation work. Forcing others to give up the Dharma and creating obstacles for the teachings.

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Forcing monastics to give up their monastic robes and abusing them. Committing any of the five heinous deeds. Advocating the philosophy of the non-existence of causality. Destroying a village, district, or town. Harming monastics by taking away their robes, punishing, or even killing them.

Taking what is not given. Teaching the profound Dharma of emptiness to spiritually immature people. Discouraging people from practicing the vinaya of individual liberation. Praising oneself and lying out of jealousy and for the sake of gain and honor.

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