Vimalakīrti Sutra

by John R. McRae | 44,185 words

The Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sūtra is a Mahāyāna sūtra that teaches the meaning of nonduality. It contains a report of a teaching addressed to both arhats and bodhisattvas by the layman Vimalakīrti, who expounds the doctrine of śūnyatā, or emptiness, to them. According to Burton Watson, the Vimalakīrti Sūtra probably originated in India in approximatel...


Boin, Sara, trans. The Teaching of Vimalakīrti (Vimalakīrtinirdeśa). London: Pali Text Society, 1976. English translation of Etienne Lamotte’s French translation, listed below.

Lamotte, Etienne, trans. L ’enseignement de Vimalakīrti. Louvain: Bibliotheque du Museon, 1962.

Luk, Charles (Lu Ku’an Yu), trans. The Vimalakīrti NirdeśaSūtra. Berkeley, CA: Sham-bhala, 1972.

Nattier, Jan. “The Teaching of Vimalakīrti [Vimalakīrtinirdeśa]: A Review of Four English Translations,” Buddhist Literature 2 (2000): 234-58.

Takasaki, Jikidō, and Kōshō Kawamura, trans. "Yuima-gyō, "Yuima-gyō, Shiyaku Bon-ten shomon kyō, Shuryōgon zammai kyō [Vimalakīrti Sutra, Questions of the Brahmā (Deva) Viśeṣacinti Sutra, and Śūraṃgama-samādhi Sutra], Monju kyōten [Mañjuśrī Scriptures] no. 2. Tokyo: Daizō shuppan, 1993.

Thurman, Robert A. F., trans. The Holy Teaching of Vimalakīrti: A Mahāyāna Scripture. University Park, PA and London: Pennsylvania University Press, 1976.

Watson, Burton, trans. The Vimalakīrti Sutra. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.

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