The Vimalakirti Sutra
(c. 100)

Vimalakirti debates with Manjushri,
a bodhisattva known for his wisdom

Just the Facts:
  • Name: Vimalakirti Sutra
  • Also known as: Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sūtra
  • Date: c. 100
  • Place: India
  • Language: Sanskrit
  • What it is: Indian Buddhist text allegedly spoken by Vimalakirti (whose name means "undefiled fame or glory"), a patron of the Buddha; concentrates on non-dual emptiness; altruism (the "selfless hand"); advocates equal treatment for women; uses Zen-like humor

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