The Sutra on Transmigration Through Existences

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The Sutra on Transmigration Through Existences (Skt. Bhavasaṅkrāntisutra; Tib.སྲིད་པ་འཕོ་བའི་མདོ , Wyl. srid pa ‘pho ba’i mdo) — a short Mahayana sutra in which the Buddha provides a fundamental explanation for how transmigration between lives occurs in conformity with the view that there is no self—as an unchanging entity not consisting of parts—that goes from this life to the next. The Buddha concludes with a set of seven verses that offer a succinct teaching on emptiness, focusing on the two truths and the fictitious nature of all nominal designations.

This early Mahayana sutra holds an important place in the tradition as one of the earliest statements on the two truths and was used by both the Madhyamaka and early Yogachara schools as a scriptural authority on the ultimate truth.[1]


The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Kangyur, Toh 226


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.