Cover of The Sutra on Upāsaka Precepts
ISBN: 
0-9625618-5-1
Publisher: 
BDK America
Pages: 
248
Publish Date: 
1994
Format: 
Hardcover
Translator(s): 
Heng-ching Shih
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This early text sets forth the moral code to be observed by lay Buddhists. Complete in one volume.

The moral code for lay Buddhists
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Volume 24

The Sutra on Upāsaka Precepts

The Sutra on Upāsaka Precepts sets forth the moral code to be observed by lay Buddhists. The word upāsaka in the title is Sanskrit for layman. In the sūtra, Sujāta is taught the moral code to be observed by lay followers of Buddhism. Therefore the text is also known as the Sujāta-sūtra after the central  figure. Prescribing the moral code as so-called Mahāyāna Precepts or Bodhisattva Precepts, the work was especially valued in Mahāyānist China.

This work is considered to be an augmentation and adaptation on Mahāyānist principles of the Sujāta-sūtra found in the Dīrghāgama (Taishō 1), Madhyamāgama (Taishō 2), and other works. Because of this relationship to previous texts, and because the quotations it shares from various Mahāyāna sūtras, The Sutra on Upāsaka Precepts provides valuable source material for tracing the history of the development of the Buddhist canon.

Source
Skt. Upāsakaśīla-sūtra. Translated into the Chinese by Dharmakṣema as Youposaijie jing (優婆塞戒經). 7 fascicles.

Table of Contents

A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka     NUMATA Yehan     v
Editorial Foreword     HANAYAMA Shōyū     vii 
Publisher’s Foreword     Philip Yampolsky     ix 


Translator’s Introduction     SHIH Heng-ching     1

Chapter I   On the Assembly  5
Chapter II   On Arousing the Aspiration for Enlightenment  11
Chapter III   On Compassion  13
Chapter IV   On Liberation  19
Chapter V   On Three Kinds of Enlightenment  25
Chapter VI   On Cultivating the Thirty-two Marks  29
Chapter VII   On Making Vows  35
Chapter VIII   On the Meaning of “Bodhisattva”  39
Chapter IX   On the Firm Determination of a True Bodhisattva  43
Chapter X   On Benefltting Oneself and Others  47
Chapter XI   On the Adornment of Oneself and Others  57
Chapter XII   On Two Adornments  61
Chapter XIII   On Drawing In  65
Chapter XIV   On Taking Precepts  71
Chapter XV   On the Purification of Precepts  85
Chapter XVI   On Eliminating Evils  89
Chapter XVII   On Making Offerings to the Three Treasures  93
Chapter XVIII   On the Six Perfections  97
Chapter XIX   On Miscellaneous Subjects  105
Chapter XX   On the Three Pure Refuges  137
Chapter XXI   On the Eight Precepts  145
Chapter XXII   On the Five Precepts  149
Chapter XXIII   On the Perfection of Precepts  157
Chapter XXIV   On Karma  163
Chapter XXV   On Endurance  191
Chapter XXVI   On the Perfection of Vigor  195
Chapter XXVII   On the Perfection of Meditation  197
Chapter XXVIII   On the Perfection of Wisdom  201
Chapter XXI   On the Eight Precepts  145
Chapter XXII   On the Five Precepts  149
Chapter XXIII   On the Perfection of Precepts  157
Chapter XXIV   On Karma  163
Chapter XXV   On Endurance  191
Chapter XXVI   On the Perfection of Vigor  195
Chapter XXVII   On the Perfection of Meditation  197
Chapter XXVIII   On the Perfection of Wisdom  201


Glossary 205
Selected Bibliography 209
Index 211
A List of the Volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka (First Series) 217

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