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Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva

This Sutra tells how Earth Store Bodhisattva attained his position among the greatest Bodhisattvas as the Foremost in Vows. It also explains the workings of karma, how beings undergo rebirth, and the various kinds of heavens and hells.

(Source: Epstein, 2003: p. 193)


1) Chinese Mandarin: di dzang pu sa ben ywan jing , 2) Sanskrit: ksitigarbha-bodhisattva-pranidana-sutra (no longer extant), 3) Pali: —–.

See also: Earth Store (Bodhisattva), Tripitaka (1. Sutras, 2. Vinaya, 3. Shastras or Abhidharma, or Tantra), Taisho Catalog Numbering System, Dharma, and names of individual sutras (such as Shurangama Sutra, Avatamsaka Sutra [Flower Adornment Sutra], Lotus Sutra [Wonderful Dharma Flower Sutra], Earth Store Sutra, Dharani Sutra, Brahma Net Sutra, Medicine Master Buddha Sutra, Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, Vajracchedika Prajna Paramita Diamond, Sixth Patriarch Platform Sutra, Sutra in 42 Sections, Sutra on the Buddha's Bequeathed Teaching, Vimalakirti Nirdesha Sutra, et al. Schools: Hwa-Yen School, Tyan-tai School

The Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha's Fundamental Vows Second Edition

Translated from Sanskrit into Chinese by Tripitaka Master Siksananda

Translated into English by Upasaka Tao-tsi Shih

Edited by Dr. Frank G. French

Chapter 1: Miracles in the Palace of the Trayastrimsas Heaven

Chapter 2: The Assembly of Innumerable Transformational Ksitigarbhas

Chapter 3: Contemplation on the Karmic Connection between Sentient Beings

Chapter 4: The Karmic Retribution of Sentient Beings in Jambudvipa

Chapter 5: The Names Of The Various Hells

Chapter 6: Tathagata's Praises

Chapter 7: Benefitting the Living and the Dead

Chapter 8: The Praises of Yamaraja and Others

Chapter 9: The Recitation of the Buddhas' Names

Chapter 10: Appraisal of the Meritorious Virtue Gained from Almsgiving

Chapter 11: Protection of the Dharma by the Deities in Charge of the Land

Chapter 12: The Benefits of Seeing and Hearing

Chapter 13: The Commendation of Human Beings and Devas

Transfer-of-Merit Vow (Parinamana) For All Donors May all the merit and grace gained from adorning Buddha's Pure Land, from loving our parents, from serving our country and from respecting all sentient beings be transformed and transferred for the benefit and salvation of all suffering sentient beings on the three evil paths. Furthermore, may we who read and hear this Buddhadharma and, thereafter, generate our Bodhi Minds be reborn, at end of our lives, in the Pure Land.


Sutra Translation Committee of the U.S. and Canada New York - San Francisco - Toronto 2001


The Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva

with commentary by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

Earth Store Ksitigarbha Sutra Table of Contents:

Earth Store Ksitigarbha Sutra Preface

Earth Store Ksitigarbha Chapter I: Spiritual Penetrations in the Palace of the Trayastrimsha Heaven

Earth Store Ksitigarbha Sutra Chapter II: The Division Bodies Gather

Earth Store Ksitigarbha Sutra Chapter III: Contemplating the Karmic Conditions of Beings

Earth Store Ksitigarbha Sutra Chapter IV: karmic retributions of beings in Jambudvipa

Earth Store Ksitigarbha Sutra Chapter V: The names of the hells

Earth Store Ksitigarbha Sutra Chapter VI: The Thus Come One’s praises

Earth Store Ksitigarbha Sutra Chapter VII: benefiting the living and the dead

Earth Store Ksitigarbha Sutra Chapter VIII: praises of Lord Yama and His Followers

Earth Store Ksitigarbha Sutra Chapter IX: The names of Buddhas

Earth Store Ksitigarbha Sutra Chapter X: The conditions and Comparative Merit and virtue of giving

Earth Store Ksitigarbha Sutra Chapter XI: The Dharma protection of an Earth Spirit

Earth Store Ksitigarbha Sutra Chapter XII: Benefits Derived from Seeing and Hearing

Earth Store Ksitigarbha Sutra Chapter XIII: The Entrustment of people and Gods

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