Special thanks to Sanghatasutra.net for the audio recording
(which was read and translated by a nun)
And special thanks to Rick from Taipei for the beautiful images of Shakyamuni Buddha.
(aka Potala on pbase.com)
"The Arya Sanghata Sutra is a Mahayana Buddhist scripture that promises to transform all those who read it. Like other sutras, the Sanghata records a discourse given by the Buddha, but unlike other sutras, Buddha tells us he himself had heard the Sanghata from a previous buddha. The Sanghata is a text that talks about itself by name—and talks in great detail about what it will do to anyone who encounters it. It is also an extraordinary literary adventure, full of stories of death, discovery and magical transformations. It is about many things, but first and foremost, the Sanghata is about what can happen to its readers. That is to say: Most of all, the Sanghata is about you."
"The Sanghata Sutra unfolds from a question posed to the Buddha, who is asked whether there is any teaching that can remove the negative karma of the five uninterrupted actions simply by hearing it. The basic answer that the Buddha gives is yes, as a matter of fact, there is such a text, and this is it: the Sanghata Sutra."
"People usually find it most effective to recite the sutra all at once, rather than doing partial recitations or dividing the recitation into different sessions. However, since there are tremendous benefits to reciting even one verse from the Sanghata, when it is not possible to do complete recitations, it is still extremely beneficial to recite when one can, as many pages as one can at each time."
18 parts totaling just under three hours.
Glossary and pronunciation of Sanskrit Names: