The Eight Buddhas

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This sutra, The Eight Buddhas (Skt. Aṣṭabuddhaka; Tib. སངས་རྒྱས་བརྒྱད་པ།, Wyl. sangs rgyas brgyad pa) describes that when the Buddha is dwelling together with a great sangha of monks at the garden of Anathapindika in the Jeta Grove in Shravasti, the whole universe suddenly begins to shake. The sounds of innumerable cymbals are heard without their being played, and flowers fall, covering the entire Jeta Grove. The world becomes filled with golden light and golden lotuses appear, each lotus supporting a lion throne upon which appears the shining form of a buddha. Venerable Shariputra arises from his seat, pays homage, and asks the Buddha about the causes and conditions for these thus-gone ones to appear. The Buddha then proceeds to describe in detail these buddhas, as well as their various realms and how beings can take birth in them.[1]


The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Kangyur, Toh 271


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.