The Questions of Ratnajalin

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In The Questions of Ratnajalin (Skt. Ratnajāliparipṛcchā; Tib. རིན་ཆེན་དྲ་བ་ཅན་གྱིས་ཞུས་པ།, Wyl. rin chen dra ba can gyis zhus pa), prompted by a dream, the young Licchavi boy Ratnajalin invites the Buddha to the city of Vaishali. When the Buddha arrives Ratnajalin asks whether there are other buddhas whose names, when heard, bring benefit to bodhisattvas. The Buddha replies that there are, and he proceeds to describe the power of the names of buddhas in the four cardinal directions as well as above and below. Once Ratnajalin has understood the teaching on the power of the names of these thus-gone ones, the Buddha provides encouragement for the future propagation of this discourse.[1]


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.


The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Kangyur, Toh 163.