The Questions of the Kimnara King Druma

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The sutra, The Questions of the Kimnara King Druma (Skt. Drumakinnararājaparipṛcchā; Tib. མི་འམ་ཅིའི་རྒྱལ་པོ་སྡོང་པོས་ཞུས་པ།, Wyl. mi ‘am ci’i rgyal po sdong pos zhus pa), presents a series of teachings focusing on the doctrine of emptiness and the bodhisattvasperfections, presented in a rich narrative framework in which Druma, the king of the kimnaras, is the protagonist. Although the questions that bring forth the sutra’s doctrinal content are not in fact posed by Druma, but instead by the bodhisattva Divyamauli, who is the primary interlocutor throughout this sutra. As such Druma assumes the role of the teacher who over the course of the text displays a profound understanding of the doctrine of emptiness.[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 157.