Prajnaparamita Life and Death Sutra I

Born in a chaotic time when evils were raging, “Prajnaparamita Sutra of Life and Death” was named by Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi to purify people’s hearts with Dharma.

This sutra includes two volumes of Holy Master’s marvelous speeches, mainly made at the conventions of Advance Dharma Training Class for Preachers and Disciples.

When people with affinity behold Holy Master’s sutras with a sincere heart, they can receive incredible benefits. Those who use them as manuals to guide their life can find the answers they need when they are lost or confused. The sutras can help readers solve puzzles in life, work, and spiritual practice, and navigate the path between life and death.

The first volume of the Sutra contains 60 main questions, asked by either Holy Master or the Dharma listeners. It includes several major topics, such as life, health, career, Dharma learning, spiritual practice, vow performing, and deliverance of others. Holy Master provides answers to all questions and expands his speeches surrounding the theme of life and death.

  • Dharma Speech by Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi
  • Translated by Elise Miao
  • Edited by Joshua Rosenstein
  • Published by Guang Huan Mi Zong
  • First Edition printed in 2012

In this Dharma Vanishing Era, foretold by Shakyamuni Buddha, this degenerate world of Five Defilements is plagued by evil forces. The sentient beings are struggling in an endless sea of suffering; for some of them, living is no better than dying. Some strive to live, while others strive to die. In the Pure Land of Bliss on earth, the great World-Honored One, Holy Ziguang Shang Shi, turns the wheel of dharma on the teachings of life and death and expounds supreme and profound Dharma for enlightening sentient beings of the current era in order to adapt to their needs.

The first volume of the Prajna Paramita Sutra of Life and Death was revealed on the Holy Mountain. It is a supremely brilliant sutra among the boundless Buddhist Dharma treasures, expounding the essence and beauty of the Dharma Realm, from the beginning of birth to the end of death. This Sutra is a summary of the Diamond Sutra, itself an abstract of the Shurangama Sutra. The reason for living, the method for and the place of survival are depicted in a penetrating and thorough way.

If the sentient beings with good affinity, with natural wisdom, understand and practice this Sutra, their greed, resentment and ignorance can be removed; their false thinking will be broken, and their attachments will be eliminated. The origin of birth and the cause of death will be seen clearly; thus their afflictions will be dispelled and their wisdom will expand. The Dharma of Life and Death is a great Dharma of enlightenment, a great Dharma of liberation. Thus the Sutra of Life and Death is an ultimate light, illuminating the path of life and death, and helping people cast aside attachment and attain liberation and enlightenment expeditiously.