The Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death Sutra and Commentaries


The Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death is a Mahāyāna sutra taught by Buddha Śākyamuni. Belonging to the third turning of the wheel of Dharma, it presents the final and definitive teachings. Though this sutra is very short, it contains pithy and direct instructions on the view and meditation of the Mahāyāna. A condensation of the Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra, it is one of the ten profound sutras that are said to expound the definitive and ultimate intent of Buddha’s teachings.

This small book contains a translation of the sutra as well as first-time translations of the two commentaries on the sutra written by the Indian masters Śāntideva and Prajñāsamudra.

The book is available for free download as a PDF and includes the Tibetan as well as English translation.

Visit Samye Institute for teachings by Kyapgön Phakchok Rinpoche on the practice related to this text.