Lama Zopa Rinpoche reciting the Sutra of Golden Light, Bodhgaya, India. Photo by Ven. Sarah Thresher.

“Anybody who wants peace in the world should read the Sutra of Golden Light [also known as the Golden Light Sutra],” Lama Zopa Rinpoche has advised. “This is a very important practice to stop violence and wars in the world. The Sutra of Golden Light is one of the most beneficial ways to bring peace. This is something that everyone can do, no matter how busy you are, even if you can read one page a day, or a few lines.”

“For anyone who desires peace for themselves and for others this is the spiritual, or Dharma, way to bring peace that doesn’t require you to harm others, doesn’t require you to criticize others or even to demonstrate against others, yet can accomplish peace. Anyone can read this text, Buddhists and even non-Buddhists who desire world peace.

“This also protects individuals and the country from what are labeled natural disasters of the wind element, fire element, earth element and water element, such as earthquakes, floods, cyclones, fires, tornadoes, etc. They are not natural because they come from causes and conditions that make dangers happen. They come from past inner negative thoughts and actions of people, and from external conditions.”

You can download the Sutra of Golden Light in many languages, learn more about the incredible benefits of this most precious sutra, or receive the oral transmission from Lama Zopa Rinpoche by watching/listening to video/audio.  

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