।। त्रिरत्नाय नमः ।।
|| triratnāya namaḥ ||
Saugatam promotes the study and practice of Buddhism in Sanskrit.
Here you will find texts and links to audiovisual materials for the study and practice of Buddhism in Sanskrit. The texts do not represent a specific school, but rather, they are drawn from the very many sources that form the common heritage of most of the living Buddhist traditions. We intend to help even complete beginners access Sanskrit Buddhism, obtaining gradually deeper insight through chanting, contemplation, and meditative practice. The website is the main repository of texts, while audiovisual materials and online events are hosted through our connected platforms, indicated in the Links page.
Sanskrit texts encompass all aspects of Buddhism, and Buddhists have been great Sanskrit grammarians, poets, literary critics, philosophers, doctors, alchemists, meditation masters, gemologists, and more. The Buddha’s Words, as transmitted in Sanskrit, are still available to those who feel a connection with this mode of the Buddhist Dharma.
In much of the Buddhist tradition, to learn means to listen, and to read means to chant. Chanting brings words to life, as we form them through our breath, and allows them to resonate in the mind as memories; it sets into motion the threefold training of listening, reflection and meditation (śruta, cintā and bhāvanā), towards seeing the nature of things unobstructedly.
If you would like to organize Buddhist group chanting in your area, and/or online, we will be happy to offer assistance and suggestions: we will also advertise your group chants. Chanting in group (saṁgīti) is a very ancient Buddhist tradition, and it is the way in which Buddhist teachings were preserved from the outset. We can provide materials for those who wish to create a chanting group. Please check our News and Events page for information regarding Saṁgīti groups and their activities.
We owe an infinite debt of gratitude to Prof. Rām Śaṅkar Trīpāṭhī (15th October 1929 - 18th of February 2019), who spent a lifetime to revive Buddhism in India, with special focus on the Sanskrit traditions. Prof. Tripathi is the shining proof that it is still possible to be a scholar/practitioner of Buddhism by relying on Sanskrit; Tripathi Gurujī taught extensively, composed texts, and practiced - in Sanskrit. Furthermore, this project, from its very inception and in all its stages, is deeply dependent upon the kindness and wisdom of Guru Vāgindraśīladhvaja, Lama Ngawang Tsultrim Gyaltsen, scholar, poet, editor, meditation retreat master.
The term “Saugatam” comes from the word “Sugata”, a common epithet of the Buddha. Su-gata means that the Buddhas have “gone’” (gata) on the proper path so well, or completely (su), that they surpassed any other teacher by virtue of their mental freedom and inconceivable level of awareness. Saugatam is everything derived from the Buddha, and especially the two-fold Dharma of textual tradition (āgama) and inner realization (adhigama); the teachings, and the result of practicing those teachings – this is “Saugatam”.
This project is made possible by the generous support of Khyentse Foundation, to whom we express our profound gratitude.
You are welcome to ask questions and clarifications, to offer suggestions and corrections, or to make requests for specific texts (see the Contact page). Your feedback is much appreciated.
May anyone who makes a connection with this website forgive our mistakes, and find something beneficial.