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