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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Buddhist Text Translation Society; 1st edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088139940X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881399400
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,858,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on January 28, 2007
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This is the Sutra of the Extinction of the Dharmas, the Shurangama Sutra. Of the Mahayana Sutras, it is probably one of the more complex ones to get through.

It is said that when this Sutra disappears, that the age of the extinction of the Dharma will begin. Hence, it is considered very important to preserve this Sutra.

This book contains the text, an outline, and a multi-volume index (which is not much help.) It is designed for someone who not only has a good working knowledge of Mahayana Buddhism, but also has their own working aids. For you to get through this, you will need time and dedication.

Having said that, it is a beautiful Sutra, complex and dense, but full of meaning on very many levels. At times, it is a philosophy text, a poem, a puzzle, a mystery, and so much more - sometimes all at once.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kalden on November 14, 2005
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If you are a Buddhist who does not really enjoy reading sutras, please do not stop reading them but put this Shurangama Sutra on your list. This important text is complex, but inspiring and might differ from what you have read so far. This very copy (ISBN 0-88139-940-X) contains the complete text of the Shurangama Sutra. For a detailed interlinear commentary, see Shurangama Sutra volumes 1 through 8 (whole set: ISBN 0-88139-949-3). These English volumes were translated from Chinese into English over a period of several years by the monks and nuns of the Buddhist Text Translation Society ([...]).
See also my favorite translation by Charles Luk:The Surangama Sutra (Leng Yen Ching: Chinese Rendering by Master Paramiti of Central North India at Chih Chih Monastery, Canton, China, Ad 705.

PS In 2009 the BTS published a new translationThe Surangama Sutra - A New Translation with Excerpts from the Commentary by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua with excerpts from the commentary by the Ven. Master Hsüan Hua.
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I became a Buddhist not long ago, and the Shurangama Sutra is the sutra text that I have been reciting and studying everyday. From my first time reading the sutra in last November, eight months had passed. I have to admit the sutra is not easy to understand. But I believe the profound wisdom within it, and the Venerable Master Hua's commentaries are great/the best aids to help me understand the sutra. Although I did not quite understand the sutra text or the commentaries by Master Hua when I first read them, still, I was totally shocked by the deep wisdom in it. I always have many questions on Buddha's opinions' on the world, human beings, cause and effect, the relationship between our minds and the outside world.....etc, the Shurangama sutra seems to answer all my questions! How great it is! Although it may seem to be hard to understand and study the sutra at the beginning, I believe everyone will enjoy it more and more and gain wisdom once they start to explore.
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A solid, structure foundation guide book, to clearly explaining the history and philosophy, to understand Buddhism and achieving "enlightenment" stage.
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