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In the Words of the Sanghāta:
My body has become the food
of jackals, dogs, crows and birds.
It is of no use to nourish this body.
It is the property of the serpent of death,
and thus a person will continually be born.
The medicine that frees one from this fear —
that is the sort of medicine to take.
The medicine that the doctors gave:
that is not of use to me.
Give me now, at my dying time,
the medicine of Dharma that sets one free
from the serpent of the delusions.
- Ārya Sanghāta Sūtra
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Stories and Experiences
Quitting Smoking While Reciting
An editor recounts her recent experiences with the Sanghāta
I was urgently asked to edit a translation of the Sanghāta Sūtra for
publication, because Lama Zopa Rinpoche was advising our center to
start reciting it immediately, 150 times. I spent 27 hours working on
this, maybe more, eating just one sandwich and sleeping three hours.
I was working on the second half of the text, and had not had a chance
to even look at the first half, when the
director had to begin printing it to start the
recitation. I was now seeing the first half of the text for
I went to my house, to my room, and on my meditation cushion, I started
to recite with interest, and with some hope to benefit the center.
It was summer—July—and I wore no shirt, but only a
When I recited the part where the Blessed One says:
‘Sarvashūra, there is a dharma-paryāya named Sanghāta that is
active on this planet’ … I was immediately moved
and started crying. I continued to recite the sutra with strong energy,
and from time to time, tears started to flow again….
And…in the middle of the recitation, an incredible smell of
cigarette smoke started to rise up from my under-vest. This small was
so strong and disgusting that I had never smelled anything like it
In my home I had smoked cigarettes, wearing this under-vest, and so of
course, I had smelled the usual bad smell of burnt tobacco, and tasted
the stupid bad taste of cigarettes, but never had I smelled such a
strong, disgusting smell before. After a while, I finally chose to stop
the recitation for a moment, to liberate my body from those disgusting
clothes. Then I continued, uninterrupted, to the end.
At the end, I rested for a while in the silence, and in that silence I
felt my energy, the energy of the end of recitation, like a sphere, an
illuminating silence radiating from me at the center, and radiating
around my body. I don’t know how to explain it: I was like a
sphere of silent energy. It was as if I were in a strong, illuminating
sphere of power. A strange experience. Then a thought arose:
“I will never smoke again.”
The thought arose by itself. The desire to stop smoking was not in my
conscious mind, but maybe in my unconscious… I
don’t know. But the thought arose, and it was an easy
thought. I was not surprised. And I stopped. I stopped smoking
completely from that moment!
And after the Sanghāta
Sūtra recitation, nobody offered me a cigarette again.
After that recitation when my mind had made the determination not to
smoke, it was easy to stop. My mind was so clear and calm that in the
days after the recitation, during the day, I could observe all the
moments when the idea of smoking arose. It was amazing! My soul, (my
psyche, my new identity, or my heart-mind) was so clear that I smiled,
observing the moments when the 'film' of smoking cigarettes
appeared to it! When I worked too much,
was too concentrated on the computer, sometimes the act of smoking
would appear to my mind. But it was not a desire. It was a ridiculous
mental image, a mental photo arising from my past. This image arose,
but I felt no desire. I just observed the images appearing and
Later when he heard of this, Lama Zopa Rinpoche said that I had a clear
experience of how much the samsāra involved in this action is
disgusting and meaningless. If we could really understand the
all these aspects of samsara are, it would be easy to abandon every
destructive action, he said.
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