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Sanghata Sutra

Because I did not know of future lives,
I committed wicked acts like these.
I ate the flesh of other beings,
and thus this suffering of mine
will become unbearable.
But I did not understand death.
I was of childish mind,
and so I nourished my body.

... Do not give flesh to me.
Though this body has been nurtured so,
it will be destroyed, inevitably.
Since it bestows suffering,
why take up this heap of wickedness?
This body though tended with great care,
will engage in vicious acts.

• Source:
English translation of the Sangatha Sutra in PDF p. 50 en 51
[download PDF- 500 KB]
You can also download the sutra in PDF in other modern translations: French , German , Italian , Japanese , Polish and Spanish Older translations which can be downloaded here are: the
6 th century Chinese translation by Upashu-nya and the 10 th century Chinese translation by Dana-pa-la

For the Korean version, please use the website of EBTI Korea.
For the 9th century Tibetan translation, please see the website of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Traditions (FPMT). For Sanskrit versions, please see the Arya Sanghata Sutra website of FMTP who made all the above PDF's available. It is at the request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche that the Education Department of FPMT has taken up the task of getting the Sanghata Sutra translated into as many languages as possible.

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