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In the Words of the Sanghata:
[Buddha is describing the benefits to all
those whose ear the Sanghata falls on:]
“Also, at the time of death, when the final consciousness
they will not have incorrect perceptions. They will not be overcome by
anger.... In the downward direction, they will see directly
many buddhas, blessed ones, as there are grains of sand in 100 million
Ganges rivers, and they will all say to that child of the lineage:
‘Child of the lineage, you have heard the Sangháta
dharma-paryáya, and therefore in future lives there will be
many good qualities, benefits and happiness. Therefore, do not be
afraid.’ Saying that, they will reassure that
- Arya Sanghata Sutra
Website of the Arya Sanghata Sutra
Guide to Reciting
Understanding the Benefits
Reciting with a clear and vivid sense of the benefits
that the sutra brings can make the activity of recitation more moving
and more beneficial. The Sanghata
works very hard to ensure that we are fully aware of the benefits it
offers us. Simply reciting the sutra, one is quickly provided with a
highly detailed account of the enormous range of positive results that
will come about for us after we have come into contact with the Sanghata. In
of transformative experiences that reciters have had as a
result of their encounters with the Sanghata offer
further illustration of the sutra's power as a force for
in our lives.
This page is devoted to highlighting just a few of the vast
benefits that can come from reciting the Ārya Sanghata Sutra.
In the Sanghata Sutra, Buddha
describes what everyone who has heard the sutra will experience when
they die (see quote on the right of this page). They will see many
buddhas, who will comfort and console them, reminding them that they
heard the Sanghata and
therefore produced a huge amount of positive karma, or merit. For us,
this means that from the moment we have read the Sanghata, this
encounter with the sutra has become part of our personal biography,
something that can reassure us as we move towards our own moment of
There is much in the Sanghata
that encourages its readers to prepare for the time of
death. Even as it draws our attention to our own
mortality, the Sanghata
also works to encourage us to work now to prepare, to care for
the person we will be in the future. The best form of
care, it shows us, is to practice Dharma now, today. This is an
infallible way to assure ourselves of an easy death.
Establishing the Presence of the Buddha in one's Home or
It is also explained in the Sanghata
that the presence of the Sanghata in a
place is equivalent to the presence of a Buddha:
The speech of
Buddhas is profound
Sarvashūra, listen to me.
The Sanghata Sutra reveals the teachings,
manifesting in the form of the sage.
The Sanghata teaches, out of kindness,
even through the bodies of Buddhas.
As many grains of sand as the Ganges holds,
in just that many forms it teaches.
It teaches in the form of a Buddha.
It teaches even the essence of Dharma.
Who wishes to see a Buddha,
Sanghata is equivalent to a Buddha.
Wherever Sanghata is,
Always, there the Buddha is.
For this reason, reciting the sutra in one's home or workplace can have
a palpable effect on that environment, as many who have recited the Sanghata have
expressed. Once the Sanghata has
been recited, copied or otherwise made physically present in a
space, as the sutra explains, the Buddha will always be there.
We invite you therefore to report your activities of reciting or
copying the Sanghata
so that we can mark that precise spot on our global Sanghata satellite
map, as a spot where the Buddha;s presence has been established. To do
The Entire Path to Enlightenment is There
As Lama Zopa Rinpoche comments, the practice of reciting the Ārya Sanghata Sutra contains
the entire path to enlightenment: "When you read these
sutras to yourself, everything is there: the
whole path to enlightenment, including emptiness of the self, the four
noble truths, and reincarnation. By reading or reciting
thinking of other beings, compassion is there, and so are teachings on
liberate sentient beings from suffering. The true path is there: there
is the realization of emptiness of the 'I' and of the five
aggregates, one by one. By realizing their emptiness, you attain the
wisdom that ceases
sufferings and is the cause to attain liberation, and then you
can realize subtle bodichitta and achieve enlightenment. It is very
Feeling the Buddha's Kindness
When Lama Zopa Rinpoche first picked up the sutra, he read it for a
while silently, and then commented that one feels very clearly the
kindness of the Buddha reading this. We find it so difficult to put the
teachings into practice, he said. We meet the Dharma but become lazy
and don't find time to practice, or we practice but then after a while
our mind just turns away from it. Or we are born in Buddhist cultures
but go looking for something else. "But here we see how the Buddha is
making it so easy for us to accumulate such vast merit," Rinpoche said.
becomes so easy to practice, so easy to benefit others, so easy to
become enlightened and enlighten countless others, due to such sutras
as this one. So incredibly kind."
Reciting to Repay the Buddha's Kindness
Because the Sanghata Sutra
contains the actual words spoken by the Buddha, by reproducing that
speech ourselves while reciting, we are offering our voices to serve as
conduits for the presence of his teachings in the world. Thus in
reciting the Sanghata
along with all the benefits we ourselves receive, we are acting in a
very direct and powerful way to keep active the teachings of the
In the 2,500 years since Buddha Shakyamuni first taught, reciting
sutras has been a crucial way of preserving and passing his
teachings on for the benefit of others. When we recite (or 'chant' as
some lineages call it), we are therefore helping to repay the kindness
of Buddha for his teachings, but also the kindness of
of other Buddhist practitioners who have maintained the teachings over
the ages, so they would be available to us today. By reciting and
engaging in other activities to keep the Dharma alive in the world, we
are also offering our efforts, our voice and our minds for the future
generations of suffering beings who will have such dire need of
Buddha's compassion and wisdom. For more on why
* As dictated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to Ven
Wongmo in Feburary, 2005. Edited for this site.