Shurangama Sutra

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The (Sanskrit) is a Mahāyāna Buddhist sūtra, and has been especially influential in the Chán school of Chinese Buddhism.


According to Ron Epstein, roughly means "indestructible." The word is composed of Śūraṅ (great, absolutely), with Gama (durable, solid).Heng Sure. The : A New Translation. 2009. p. xiii The complete title preserved in Chinese is much longer, and may be translated as "The Sūtra on the Mantra Spoken from above the Crown of the Great Buddha's Head, and on the Hidden Basis of the Tathagata's Myriad Bodhisattva Practices Leading to Their Verification of the Ultimate Truth."Heng Sure. The : A New Translation. 2009. p. xxv Versions of the title where the sūtra has traditionally been used, include:

  • Traditional Chinese: 大佛頂如來密因修證了義諸菩薩萬行首楞嚴經
  • Simplified Chinese: 大佛顶如来密因修证了义诸菩萨万行首楞严经
  • Chinese Pinyin: dà fódǐng rúlái mìyīn xiūzhèng liǎoyì zhū púsà wànxíng shǒuléngyán jīng
  • Korean: 대불정여래밀인수증료의제보살만행수릉엄경
  • Vietnamese: Đại Phật đỉnh Như Lai mật nhân tu chứng liễu nghĩa chư Bồ Tát vạn hạnh thủ-lăng-nghiêm kinh

It is also known in Chinese by shorter versions of the title such as dà fódǐng shǒuléngyán jīng (大佛頂首楞嚴經) or simply and more commonly léngyán jīng (楞嚴經).

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