(updated March 7, 2018)
I would like to invite you to join in a meaningful and happy chance to greatly benefit yourself, those around you, and our whole earth. It’s completely free (always good news) and requires only minutes per month of your time spent in the comfort of your own home. We have a wonderful supportive cyber-sangha that has been reading together for almost ten years now and we are always happy to welcome new members.
This beautiful and comforting practice, the reading of the Golden Light Sutra, can be offered by people of all ages, all cultures, all belief systems. We can string a radiant net across the world, across our country, across the nation’s capital, of people committing a small amount of time each month to offer this inspiring, powerful reading for the benefit of all beings, that we might live in harmony, peace, abundance, and safety, free of strife and fear. This seems so important at a time when so many feel powerless in the face of current events.
A reminder is sent to you before the first Sunday of each month, specifying which chapter we will read. Everyone reads it in their own homes on the same day. Since you are part of a group, you generate the power and strength of the entire group’s reading. We always include an invitation for you to request any dedications of merit you might want to ask for and those are included in the monthly email. Copies are available for download in several languages through the wonderful efforts of FPMT. The FPMT website contains a wealth of information about the sutra in addition to the downloadable text.
The benefits of reading this sutra are described by Lama Zopa Rinpoche:
“In the Sutra of Golden Light, Buddha Shakyamuni lists the benefits of contact with this sublime sutra. He says:
Those who hear this sutra,
Those who cause others to hear it,
Those who rejoice upon hearing it
And make offerings to it,
For tens of millions of eons
Shall be venerated by gods and nagas,
Humans and kinnaras,
Asuras and yakshas.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche urges us to recite the Sutra of Golden Light for these reasons:
“The holy Golden Light Sutra is the king of the sutras. It is extremely powerful and fulfills all one’s wishes, as well as bringing peace and happiness for all sentient beings, up to enlightenment. It is also extremely powerful for world peace, for your own protection, and for the protection of the country and the world. Also, it has great healing power for people in the country. … Anyone can read this text, Buddhists and even non-Buddhists who desire world peace. This also protects individuals and the country from what is 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. The benefits of reading this sutra are immeasurable … reciting just a few lines of the Sutra of Golden Light creates more merit than making … immeasurable offerings to the Buddha. Reciting this sutra directs one’s life towards enlightenment. There is so much merit … one’s life becomes so easy, whatever one wishes for one receives … there is unbelievable purification … one liberates numberless sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric suffering and brings them to enlightenment.”
If you would enjoy being part of our group to read the sutra “together” (though each person will be at home), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you all good things,
ani Tenzin Lhamo