Hello all, I'm leaving again for a while, and I was going to give the 'A complete Buddhist Sutra collection' thread another bump before I went, but then I figured it might be nice to organize it, clean out the dead links, and start a clean new thread with links to downloadable translations of Buddhist Sutras. I personally highly recommend having several different translations of your favorite sutras, as no two translations are ever exactly alike. I’ve also added at least one link for major sutras individually in order to make them searchable on New Buddhist. So grab a thumb drive and save away!
Very big collectionhttp://www.e-sangha.com/alphone/tripitaka.htm http://www.lapislazulitexts.com/translations.html http://suttacentral.net/http://www.buddhistdoor.com/oldweb/resources/sutras/sutra_index.htm http://www.purifymind.com/Sutras.htm
A nice collection.http://www.woodenfish.org/sutra/texts http://www.fodian.net/world/tripitaka.htm
Sutta nipata http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/snp/ http://www4.bayarea.net/~mtlee/
Multiple translations of scriptures, some dead linkshttp://online.sfsu.edu/rone/Buddhism/sutras.html http://www.metta.lk/tipitaka/2Sutta-Pitaka/2Majjhima-Nikaya/index.html
Majjhima Nikaya (huge) http://www.bps.lk/olib/wh/wh107.pdf
Samyutta Nikaya I http://www.bps.lk/olib/wh/wh183.pdf
Samyutta Nikaya II http://www.bps.lk/olib/wh/wh318.pdf
Samyutta Nikaya III http://www.bps.lk/olib/wh/wh155.pdf
Anguttara Nikaya I http://www.bps.lk/olib/wh/wh208.pdf
Anguttara Nikaya II http://www.bps.lk/olib/wh/wh238.pdf
Anguttara Nikaya III http://www.palicanon.org/en/sutta-pitaka/downloads-group1/digha-nikaya.html
Digha Nikaya http://www.dharma.org/bcbs/pages/documents/itivuttaka.pdf
Itivuttaka (short verses) http://dharmafarer.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/17.16-Udana-S-s22.55-piya.pdf
Udana sutra http://www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net/Texts-and-Translations/Khuddakapatha/Khuddakapatha.pdf
Books & Sutras:
Also, I really like the G. Reeves translation, but could not find a downloadable version.
The short Prajnaparamita Sutras
(Prajnaparamita in 700, 500, 150, 50, 25 Lines; in few words; in One Letter; for Kausika; for Five Bodhisattvas. Diamond Sutra. Heart of Prajnaparamita. Questions of Survikrantavikramin; of Nagarsi. 108 Names of Holy Prajnaparamita. 25 Doors to Prajnaparamita.) http://lirs.ru/lib/conze/The_Short_Prajnaparamita_Texts,Conze,1973,1993.djvu
Verses On The Perfection Of Wisdom
[Translated from the Sanskrit by Edward Conze] http://lit.lib.ru/img/i/irhin_w_j/prajnaparamita108/ratnagunasamcayagatha.pdf
The Larger Prajnaparamita Sutrahttp://ia600502.us.archive.org/33/items/buddhismPrajnaparamitaLargeSutraOnPerfectWisdom/buddhismPrajnaparamitaLargeSutraOnPerfectWisdom.pdf http://archive.org/details/buddhismPrajnaparamitaLargeSutraOnPerfectWisdom
Samdhinirmocana Sutra (Complete Exposition on Perfect Wisdom)http://bibleoteca.narod.ru/Samdhinirmocana-sutra.pdf
Mahaparinirvana Sutra http://www.nirvanasutra.net/convenient/Mahaparinirvana_Sutra_Yamamoto_Page_2007.pdf
Kosho Yamamoto from Chinese
Vimalikirti Nirdesa Sutrahttp://www2.fodian.net/World/0475.html
Mahayana Sutra of Consciousness Revealedhttp://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra18.html
Avatamsaka Sutra (Flower Garland)
Vajrasamadhi Sutra http://www.purifymind.com/Sutras9.htm
Golden Light Sutrahttp://huntingtonarchive.osu.edu/resources/downloads/sutras/08technicalMayayana/goldenlightsutra1206lttr.pdf
Medicine Buddha Sutrahttp://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/medbudsutra.pdf
Diamond Sutra (Vajracchedika Prajnaparamita Sutra) Translationshttp://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/sbe49/sbe4929.htm
Translated by E.B. Cowell, F. Max Mulller, and J. Takakusuhttp://www.hermetics.org/pdf/The_Diamond_Sutra.pdf
Lobsang Chunzin, Michael Roach,http://reluctant-messenger.com/diamond_sutra.htm
Charles Patton from Chinesehttp://www.sinc.sunysb.edu/Clubs/buddhism/sutras/diamond1.html
revised translation of the Indian abbot Silendra Bodhihttp://sourceoflightmonastery.tripod.com/webonmediacontents/1950244.pdf
The Thomas Cleary translation is my favorite, but I can’t find a downloadable copy online.. I’ll type it up and post it here someday.
Heart Sutra (Heart of Perfection of Wisdom) Prajnaparamita hrydayahttp://www.sfzc.org/sp_download/liturgy/08_Heart_of_Great_Perfect_Wisdom_Sutra.pdf
Translator Truc Huyhttp://www4.bayarea.net/~mtlee/heart.txt
Pevahouse from Chinesehttp://www.buddhistdoor.com/oldweb/resources/sutras/heart_sutra.htm
Red Pine’s Translation of the Heart of Perfection of Wisdom Sutra ( a personal favorite)
The noble Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva
while practicing the deep practice of Prajnaparamita
looked upon the Five Skandhas
and seeing that they were empty of self-existence
said, “Here, Shariputra,
form is emptiness, emptiness is form;
emptiness is not separate from form
form is not separate from emptiness
whatever is form is emptiness,
whatever is emptiness is form.
The same holds for sensation and perception,
memory and consciousness.
Here, Shariputra, all dharmas (things) are defined by emptiness
not birth or destruction, purity or defilement,
completeness or deficiency.
Therefore, Shariputra, in emptiness there is no form,
no sensation, no perception, no memory and no consciousness;
no eye, no ear, no nose, no tounge, no body and no mind;
no shape, no sound, no smell, no taste, no feeling
and no thought;
no element of perception, from eye to conceptual consciousness;
no causal link, from ignorance to old age and death;
no suffering, no source, no relief, no path;
no knowledge, no attainment, and no non-attainment.
Therefore, Shariputra, without attainment,
bodhisattvas take refuge in Prajnaparamita
and live without walls of the mind.
Without walls of the mind and thus without fears,
they see through delusions and finally nirvana.
All buddhas past, present and future
also take refuge in Prajnaparamita
and realize unexcelled, perfect enlightenment.
You should therefore know the great mantra of Prajnaparamita,
the mantra of great magic, the unexcelled mantra,
the mantra equal to the unequalled,
which heals all suffering and is true, not false,
the mantra in Prajnaparamita spoken thus:
‘Gate, gate, paragate, parasangate, bodhi svaha.”
I am also a firm believer in not leaving un-translated words too ambiguous in your own mind as you read sutras; here are some links to glossaries of Buddhist terms. I recommend looking at several glossaries before coming to a conclusion about commonly un-translated words found in sutras. [‘Bodhisattva‘, for example, is a very common term whose definition actually varies widely. I prefer the simple definition: Enlightening Being, or Enlightenment Being. And even the word ‘Buddha‘ is really not a name, but has a meaning of it‘s own] You’ll find a lot of variation on the exact definition of a lot of these common words, so if you’re a beginner, read multiple definitions and make up your own mind! . Of course, definition of terms vary with sect, lineage, and belief system also. http://uwacadweb.uwyo.edu/religionet/er/buddhism/bglossry.htm http://www.sinc.sunysb.edu/Clubs/buddhism/glossary.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_Buddhism http://www.dharmafellowship.org/library/essays/buddhist-glossary.htm http://www.accesstoinsight.org/glossary.html http://www.rinpoche.com/glossary.htm http://kadampa.org/reference/glossary-of-buddhist-terms/ http://viewonbuddhism.org/glossary_az.html
Thanks to everyone who contributed links in the original thread. I have greatly benefited from many of these sutras and I hope you will as well!
Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names
Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
2500 Years of Buddhism - Bapat
Various filetypes available of this here.
"This book gives a short account of the story of Buddhism in
the last 2,500 years."
Scroll up for many more links to copies of sutras. Looking for something? I might have it.
Also wanted to re- recommend '2500 years of Buddhism'. It is really interesting how the spread of buddhism was generally positive for each influenced society. It is also a really interesting history lesson, complete with political dramas, interesting and influential figures, and fascinating historical footnotes. Link above for djvu, pdf, doc, and others. C 1956
Another collection of mantras including pure land
From the same site, a quick pronunciation guide for sanskrit, good if you're like me and read a lot but never hear words spoken.visiblemantra.org/pronunciation.html
Three pure land sutras in one convenient pdfdBET_ThreePureLandSutras_2003.pdf
Wikipedia on schools of Buddhism
Nichiren collection of writings, pdf and html . Circa ~1260CE
Here is a great selection of sutras in downloadable pdf files including:
Verses from the Prajnaparamita
Lotus Sutra: Saddharmapundarika
Purnaboeddha sutra: Sutra of Complete Enlightenment
Much easier to navigate using chrome's built in translator.
Ok so the heart and diamond sutra are not in English in the previous links, but most of the rest are.
There is a group trying to translate a good amount of the discourses from Samskrit to English. There already some up if you are curious to see
It’s a good resource but I wonder how many of the links are still live after 7 years...