Golden Light Sutra Recitation for World Peace

Golden Light Sutra Recitation for World Peace

Date Posted:
November 2009

Rinpoche explained the benefits of reciting the Golden Light Sutra for world peace.

Anybody who wants peace in the world should read the Golden Light Sutra (Ser.ö dam.päi do wang.gyi gyälpo). This is a very important practice to stop violence and wars in the world. The Golden Light Sutra is one of the most beneficial ways to bring peace. This is something that everyone can do, no matter how busy you are, even if you can read one page a day, or a few lines, and in this way be continually reading the Golden Light Sutra.

The holy Golden Light Sutra is the king of the sutras. 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 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.

For anyone who desires peace for themselves and for others, this is the spiritual, or Dharma, way to bring peace, which 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.

This also protects individuals and the country from what are 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 external conditions.

The benefits of reading this sutra are immeasurable. It says that even if you offer numberless precious jewels, equal to the amount of atoms in the Pacific Ocean, to numberless Buddhas, reciting even just a few lines of the Sutra of Golden Light creates more merit than making these immeasurable offerings to the Buddha.

Reciting this sutra directs one’s life towards enlightenment. There is so much merit created by reciting this sutra—everything is taken care of, one’s life becomes so easy, and whatever one wishes for one receives. This is because there is unbelievable purification and one collects extensive merits. This is how one liberates numberless sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric suffering and brings them to enlightenment.

So, here, I would like to make this request, with my two palms together, to please recite the Sutra of Golden Light for world peace as much as you can.