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Editorial Foreword end, the translators have been asked to minimize the use of explanatory notes of the kind that are indispensable in academic texts, so that the attention of general readers will not be unduly distracted from the primary text. Also, a glossary of selected terms is appended to aid in understanding the text.
Translator’s Introduction Outlines of the Three Sutras The Larger Sutra At one time Śākyamuni Buddha was staying on Vulture Peak near Rāja gṛha, the capital of Magadha, in northeast India, accompanied by twelve thousand monks and innumerable bodhisattvas. Each bodhisattva had already attained distinguished virtues and supreme wisdom. At that time, Śākyamuni’s appear- ance was extremely majestic and brilliant. Ānanda, the chief disciple in the audi- ence, observed that the Buddha must be dwelling in the supreme samādhiand contemplating all the buddhas. Śākyamuni praised Ānanda’s pertinent obser- vation, and began to reveal the wonderful Dharma.