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  • We find confirmation of Shuk-den's regional connection in the description given in 1815 by a Nying-ma teacher Do Kyen-tse (mdo mkhyen brtse ye shes rdo rje).

    The Shuk-den affair: Origins of a Controversy (Part I)

  • Oh, and that YouTube clip was genius, Gia. mdo says:

    Dorky Fangirl - :: gia’s blog ::

  • The Wheel of Dharma Sutra (Chos-kyi ‘khor-lo’i mdo, Skt. Dharmacakra Sutra), in which Buddha taught his five original disciples the Four Noble Truths three times, is the actual first turning of the wheel of Dharma.

    The Twelve Scriptural Categories

  • Expositions on themes of practice (mdo, Skt. sutra) present what Buddha has to say in a brief and condensed format.

    The Twelve Scriptural Categories

  • The well-known convention of “the three turnings of the wheel of Dharma” derives from the The Sutra Unraveling What Is Intended (dGongs-pa nges-par ‘grel-ba’i mdo, Skt. Samdhinirmocana Sutra).

    The Twelve Scriptural Categories

  • A Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra – or, more literally, A Brief Indication of the Graded Pathway Minds (Lam-gyi rim-pa mdo-tsam-du bstan-pa) – is an overview of the most important points for sutra and tantra meditation.

    A Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra

  • The terms Hinayana (Theg-dman) and Mahayana (Theg-chen), meaning modest or “lesser” vehicle and vast or “greater” vehicle, first appeared in The Sutras on Far-reaching Discriminating Awareness (Sher-phyin-gyi mdo, Skt. Prajnaparamita Sutras; The Perfection of Wisdom Sutras), as a way of expressing the superiority of Mahayana.

    A Brief History of Buddhism in India before the Thirteenth-Century Invasions

  • There, we find the account that, while appearing as Shakyamuni teaching the Sutras on Far-reaching Discriminating Awareness (Sher-phyin mdo, Prajnaparamita Sutras, Perfection of Wisdom Sutras), Buddha simultaneously emanated as Vajradhara and taught the tantras.

    The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

  • The Sutra of Relieving the Remorse of the Arya Ajatashatru (‘Phags-pa ma-skyes dgra’i ‘gyod-pa bsal-ba’i mdo, Skt. Aryajatashatru Kaukrtyavinodana Sutra).

    The Three Divisions of Buddha's Enlightening Words

  • One of the major Mahayana sutra texts studied by all four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism is Filigree of Realizations (mNgon-rtogs rgyan, Skt. Abhisamayalamkara), a commentary by Maitreya on the Prajnaparamita Sutras (phar-byin mdo, Sutras on Far-Reaching Discriminating Awareness, Perfection of Wisdom Sutras).

    Overview of the Eight Sets of Realizations in Abhisamayalamkara

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