One of the most amazing sutras to come across is called the Sanghata Sutra. Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, “The Sanghata Sutra is considered a dharmakaya relic – the actual presence of the enlightened mind in the world.”
Hearing four lines:
He says: “Be quiet, be quiet. Oh, child of the lineage, I will describe the merit of a four-lined verse, therefore listen. Child of the lineage, it is as follows: To make an analogy, even compared to the mass of merit of as many Tathagatas, Arhats, perfectly completed Buddhas as the number of grains of sand in 13 Ganges rivers, it produces a much greater mass of merit than that. Compared to one who worships as many Tathagatas, Arhats, perfectly completed Buddhas as the number of grains of sand in 13 Ganges rivers, if one who hears just a four-lined verse of this Sanghata dharma-paryaya also produces a much greater mass of merit than that, what need is there to mention someone who hears it completely to the end?” ~ The Sanghata sutra
“If the mass of merit produced by one whose mind becomes inspired with trust towards one Tathagata, and one who makes their mind inspired with trust towards a million world-systems completely full of Tathagatas, and one who hears this Sanghata dharma-paryaya would produce a much greater mass of merit than that, then, Sarvashura, what need is there to mention whoever writes this Sanghata dharma-paryaya down, or memorizes it or recites or understands it!” ~ The Sanghata sutra
Evil Karma pacified instantly:
He said, “By hearing the Sanghata dharma-paryaya. From among the sentient beings who have gathered here, all those who had faith upon hearing this dharma-paryaya are predicted to unsurpassed, perfectly completed awakening. Those persons who have committed the five uninterrupted actions, if they even just hear this dharma-paryaya called `Sanghata,´ they will entirely exhaust their karma of the five uninterrupted actions in an instant, and purify them completely.” ~ The Sanghata sutra
The five uninterrupted actions are negative karmas so heavy that they ripen immediately as a rebirth in the hell realm upon the exhaustion of the karma of this life.
The five uninterrupted karmas are: killing one’s mother, killing one’s father, drawing the blood of a Buddha, killing an arhat and causing disunity among the Sangha.
Making prostrations to this sutra:
“Sarvashura, anyone who makes heartfelt prostrations to the Sanghata sutra with a mind of faith will remember their past lives for 99 aeons. That person will become a wheel-turning king for 60 aeons. Even in that lifetime, everyone will like that person. Sarvashura, that person’s death will not be brought about by weapons. That person’s death will not be brought about by poison. That person will not be harmed by black magic. At the time of death, too, that person will see 99 million Buddhas directly, and, Sarvashura, those Buddhas, those Blessed Ones, will say to that person: `Holy being, because the great Sanghata sutra dharma-paryaya, explained in detail, has been heard by you, therefore this mass of merit has arisen.´ And those 99 million Buddhas, the Blessed Ones, will also predict the place of enlightenment.” ~ The Sanghata sutra
Merits of a 10th Level Bodhisattva compared to this sutra:
The Blessed One spoke as follows: “Sons of the lineage, listen to the measure of the mass of merit of one Buddha. It is as follows: To make an analogy, as many drops of water as there are in the great ocean, and particles of dust on the planet, and grains of sand in the Ganges river, that is equal to the mass of merit of a bodhisattva abiding on the tenth level. The mass of merit of a Buddha is much greater than that.
As for those sentient beings who hear this Sanghata dharma-paryaya, the mass of merit they will produce is much greater even than that. It is not possible to realize the limit of that mass of merit by counting. Sarvashura, at that time, at that moment, those who are greatly inspired upon hearing these words will produce an immeasurable mass of merit.” ~ The Sanghata sutra
Shakyamuni awakened upon hearing this sutra:
“Bhaishajyasena, many are the Dharmas I have taught. Bhaishajyasena, I engaged in arduous practices for many hundreds of thousands of countless aeons, not for the sake of enjoying sovereignty, not for the sake of the enjoyment of a way of life, nor for the sake of enjoying power. I engaged in arduous practices, Bhaishajyasena, for the purpose of understanding the nature of reality. And I did not actualize the unsurpassed, perfectly completed enlightenment until I heard this dharma-paryaya.
Bhaishajyasena, at the very moment I heard this Sanghata dharma-paryaya, on that very day I awakened into unsurpassed, perfectly completed enlightenment. Bhaishajyasena, profound is this dharma-paryaya. Bhaishajyasena, hearing this dharma-paryaya is rare even within hundreds of thousands of countless aeons.” ~ The Sanghata sutra
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