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This volume brings together two important sūtras of Esoteric Buddhism, The Adamantine Pinnacle Sutra and the The Susiddhikara Sutra. (The former is sometimes studied with The Vairocanābhisaṃbodhi Sutra, also published by BDK America,)

Two important works in Esoteric Buddhism


Taishō 865

Volume 18

The Adamantine Pinnacle Sutra

In China and Japan this sūtra is looked upon as a fundamental sūtra of Esoteric Buddhism, together with the Mahāvairocana-sūtra (Taishō 39). It is generally known by its abbreviated title used here, Adamantine Pinnacle Sūtra (Ch. Zhigangding jing). This latter appellation is a figurative expression of the superiority of this sūtra, likened to the position of the diamond among precious stones. The rituals peculiar to Esoteric Buddhism for the purpose of attaining enlightenment are described in detail, and the Vajradhātu-maṇḍala (Maṇḍala of the Adamantine World, or Diamond Realm Mandala) is also based upon this sūtra.

Skt. Sarvatathāgata-tattvasaṃgraha-mahāyānābhisamaya-mahākalparāja. Translated into the Chinese by Amoghavajra as Jinggangding yiqie rulai zhenshi she dasheng xianzheng dajiao wang jing (金剛頂一切如來眞實攝大乘現證大教王經). 3 fascicles.

Taishō 893

Volume 18

The Susiddhikara Sutra

In The Susiddhikara Sutra, the Sanskrit term Susiddhikara means “the complete fulfillment of all deeds,” and refers to the efficacy of the rituals described. The text describes procedures for various important rituals. In Japan it is included in the groups of sūtras known as the Three Esoteric Sūtras and Five Esoteric Sūtras, and is regarded as one of the major texts of Esoteric Buddhism. 

Skt. Susiddhika-ramahātantra-sādhanopāyika-paṭala. Translated into the Chinese by Śubhakarasiṃha as Suxidi jieluo jing (蘇悉地羯囉經) . 3 fascicles.

Table of Contents

A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka     NUMATA Yehan     V
Editorial Foreword     MAYEDA Sengaku     vii
Publisher’s Foreword     Francis H. Cook     ix

The Adamantine Pinnacle Sutra 

Translator’s Introduction      Rolf W. Giebel      5
The Adamantine Pinnacle: The Compendium of the Truth
     of All the Tathāgatas and the Realization of the Great
     Vehicle, Being the Scripture of the Great King of
Fascicle One: Extended Rules for the Great Maṇḍala “Adamantine Realm” (I)
    General Introduction    19
    Supplementary Introduction: Own-Nature of Mahāvairocana    20
    I. Samādhi of the First Yoga (Ādiyoga-nāma-samādhi)    23
    II. Samādhi of the Supreme King of the Maṇḍala (Maṇḍalarājāgri-nāma-samādhi)    26
Fascicle Two: Extended Rules for the Great Maṇḍala [“Adamantine Realm”] (II)

    II. amādhi of the Supreme King of the Maṇḍala (continued)    47
    III. Samādhi of the Supreme King of Action (Karmarājāgri-nāma-samādhi)    64
    IV. Initiation Rites    65
        1. Eulogy of One Hundred and Eight Names    65
        2. Exposition of the Great Maṇḍala    68
        3. ;eacher’s Rites in the Maṇḍala    70
Fascicle Three: Extended Rules for the Great Maṇḍala [“Adamantine Realm”] (III)

    IV. Initiation Rites (continued)    73
        4. Initiation of the Disciple    73
    V. Knowledge for Achieving Success (Siddhi)    79
        1. Four Varieties of Siddhi-Knowledge    79
        2. Secret Practices    83
    VI. Four Varieties of Seal-Knowledge    84
        1. Knowledge of the Great Seals    84 
        2. Knowledge of the Samaya Seals    88
        3. Knowledge of the Dharma Seals    92
        4. Knowledge of the Karma Seals    94
    VII. Miscellaneous Rules    97
Notes    103
Bibliography    107 

The Susiddhikara Sutra 

Translator’s Introduction    Rolf W. Giebel     113

F ascicle One
    Chapter 1. Questions    125

    Chapter 2. The Characteristics of Mantras    129
    Chapter 3. Distinguishing the Characteristics of an Ācārya    135
    Chapter 4. Distinguishing the Characteristics of One Who Recites Mantras    137
    Chapter 5. Distinguishing [the Characteristics of] an Associate    139
    Chapter 6. Selection of the Site    143
    Chapter 7. Observation of the Precepts    145
    Chapter 8. Offering Flowers    155
    Chapter 9. Unguents    161
    Chapter 10. Distinguishing Incense    165
    Chapter 11. Distinguishing the Rules for Burning Lamps 169
    Chapter 12. Offering Food    171
Fascicle Two

    Chapter 13. The Śāntika Rite    181
    Chapter 14. The Pauṣṭika Rite    183
    Chapter 15. The Abhicāruka Rite    185
    Chapter 16. Distinguishing the Rites of Accomplishment 191 Chapter 17. Invoking the Deity    195
    Chapter 18. Rules for Worship Procedures    199
    Chapter 19. Rites for Irradiating [the Deity]    221
    Chapter 20. Rites for Consecrating the Deity    223 
    Chapter 21. Signs of the Efficacy of One’s Prayers    225
    Chapter 22. Rites for Receiving Mantras    229
    Chapter 23. The Rite for Making Mantras Complete    233
    Chapter 24. Increasing [a Mantra’s] Majesty    235
    Chapter 25. Rules for Homa    237
    Chapter 26. Preparing the Appurtenances for Recitation 241
    Chapter 27. The Characteristics of Articles for Effectuation    243
    Chapter 28. Taking [Possession of] Articles for Effectuation    247
    Chapter 29. Cleansing Articles [for Effectuation]    249
    Chapter 30. The Measurements and Quantities of Articles [for Effectuation]    251
    Chapter 31. Rites in the Great Consecration Maṇḍala for Eliminating All Obstructions    253
    Chapter 32. Irradiating Articles [for Effectuation]    259
Fascicle Three
    Chapter 33. Differentiating the Times for Siddhi    265
    Chapter 34. Completing the Preparations for [Rites of] Accomplishment    269
    Chapter 35. Inviting Deities to Empower the [Article for] Effectuation    273
    Chapter 36. Rites for Redressing Deficiencies    279
    Chapter 37. Rites for Retrieving an Article for Effectuation That Has Been Stolen    299
Notes    311
Bibliography    325 

Glossary    327
Index    333
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