Students can find a variety of helpful resources for the Sutra of Golden Light (also known as the Golden Light Sutra) on FPMT.org. Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches that “the most beneficial thing to have peace and to stop wars is recitation of the Golden Light Sutra. … It is extremely powerful and fulfills all one’s wishes, as well as brings peace and happiness for all sentient beings, up to enlightenment. It is also extremely powerful for one’s own protection and for the protection of the country and the world.”
Rinpoche has made a personal vow to propagate this text and give oral transmissions of it in many parts of the world. One of Rinpoche’s vast visions for FPMT is to have the sutra recited as much as possible, particularly in countries experiencing war or disaster.
Here is what you can find on FPMT.org’s Sutra of Golden Light resource page:
Rinpoche’s Request to FPMT Centers and Students
In 2007, Lama Zopa Rinpoche made a explicit request for FPMT centers and students to recite the Sutra of Golden Light as much as possible for world peace. “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. …” Find the full request on FPMT.org.
Students can receive the oral transmission of the Sutra of Golden Light online from Lama Zopa Rinpoche. On various occasions, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has taught that receiving the oral transmission (lung) of prayers, practices, and texts is very beneficial. In addition to multiplying the benefits of one’s own recitations of the text by one hundred, the oral transmission creates positive imprints on one’s mind that lead to enlightenment. To receive the oral transmission, students need merely watch the video or listen to the audio file on FPMT.org in its entirety.
Download the Sutra of Golden Light for Recitation and Wearing
The Sutra of the Golden Light exists in 21-chapter, 29-chapter, and 31-chapter editions. On FPMT.org, students can download the 21-chapter edition in 12 languages; the 29-chapter edition in Mongolian; and the 31-chapter edition in Vietnamese. The 21-chapter Tibetan edition is also available as a small-size text to be worn on the body for protection or to be utilized in portable altars.
Sutra of Golden Light, 29 Chapter Translation Project
While the translation of the 31-chapter edition of the Sutra of Golden Light is already underway, the translation of the 29-chapter edition of the Sutra of Golden Light from Tibetan into English has yet to begin. Students are welcome to make a financial donation in order to support this FPMT translation project requested by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Students’ prayers and dedications for the project’s quick and successful completion are also humbly requested.
Reporting Recitations and Recitation Count
Students are invited to report their completed recitations to be included in our continually updated recitation count. As of December 2017, FPMT students have reported 43,843 recitations taking place in 82 countries.
Student Experiences and Questions
Student are also invited to share their experiences hearing, reading, reciting, or just thinking about the Sutra of Golden Light, which are shared with other students around the world. One student reported, for example, after reciting the sutra that “a palpable sense of peace descended on my wife’s and my home. The dog of a friend got lost in the desert and did not return home, but eight days later was found. Our daughter-in-law announced that she had conceived some weeks before after having been told by her doctors that she would never conceive again.”
All the editions of the Sutra of Golden Light are complex and rich with detail. Students can post their own questions about the text and read responses to frequently asked questions online.
How to Dedicate
In 2007, Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave advice about how students should dedicate their recitations of the Sutra of Golden Light. Find a summary of how to dedicate the merits of reciting the sutra on FPMT.org.
Print copies of the 21-chapter edition of the Sutra of Golden Light are available through the Foundation Store:
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