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The Larger Sukhavativyuha Sutra

by Sangharakshita

Sangharakshita gives voice to this poetic Buddhist scripture describing the wonderful Pureland of the Buddha Amitabha.

Please note that one short section of the sutra was omitted.

N.B. Reference for this recording: Buddhist Mahayana Texts, Sacred Books of the East, Vol. 49, translated by F.M. Muller (Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi)

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1. Introduction by Sangharakshita (1:31) 
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2. The Arahats' assembly and Ananda's praises of the Buddha (10:39) 
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3. The lineage of Tathagatas (4:43) 
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4. Dharmakara's verses in praise of Lokesvararaga (4:11) 
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5. The perfection of all the excellences and good qualities of the Buddha countries (5:11) 
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6. Dharmakara's prayers in respect of his Buddha country (1-23) (11:00) 
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7. Dharmakara's prayers in respect of his Buddha country (24-46) (10:49) 
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8. Further prayers and prediction of Dharmakara's Buddhahood (4:34) 
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9. Dharmakara performs the duties of a Bodhisattva (7:40) 
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10. The qualities and names of Amitabha (5:46) 
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11. On the assembly of the hearers of Amitabha (5:53) 
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12. Descriptions of Sukhavati: i. general ii. gem trees iii. lotus flowers iv. topography (10:27) 
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13. v. Gods' dwellings vi. rivers (6:19) 
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14. The Buddha's introduction to the worship of Amitabha (5:14) 
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15. The Buddha's verses illustrating the worship of Amitabha (5:43) 
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16. The Bodhi Tree of Amitayus (4:36) 
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17. The Bodhisattvas of Sukhavati (6:11) 
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18. The qualities of beings born in Sukhavati (10:30) 
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19. The manifestation of Amitabha (5:13) 
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20. The Buddha and Ajita: i. Differences between the Bodhisattvas of Sukhavati (10:49) 
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21. ii. Non-returning Bodhisattvas' stocks of merit and rebirth in Sukhavati (0:57) 
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22. The Buddha's injunction to spread the Dharma (4:15) 
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23. The Buddha's verses on knowledge of the Buddha (2:36) 
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24. Immediate consequences of the Buddha's discourse (3:11) 


Total running time: 2:27:58

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