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Many major & minor sutras have been and are continually being translated at this site:

https://84000.co
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All translated sutras can be read online or downloaded in pdf or other formats. Here is one of most valuable sutras that give teachings for bodhisattvas or aspirants toward that state - The Questions of Pūrna.

https://read.84000.co/translation/toh61.html
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"I will now teach you how bodhisattvas give rise to their intention and then accomplish the immeasurable qualities of a buddha.” The Blessed One then uttered these verses:

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“I will explain to you now
How bodhisattvas first give rise to the mind set on awakening,
And then practice on the path to awakening,
Through the power of their intensive diligence.
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“There are many kinds of good intentions
That bodhisattvas apply in their activity;
And those factors, which the buddhas have explained
In detail, I will briefly teach you.
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“The devotion to the Dharma to which they give rise
Through these extraordinary attitudes is immeasurable—it is infinite.
That they display their many kinds of activities
Is not brought about through one thing alone.
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“It is joy blossoming in their minds
That makes bodhisattvas perform acts of generosity,
And since they practice generosity without having regrets,
Their minds become more joyful.
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“Bodhisattvas think,
‘Since sentient beings are always impoverished,
They do not possess the wealth of erudition.
So I must pursue such wealth!
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“ ‘Sentient beings, though always impoverished,
Fall under the influence of laziness.
I must therefore develop my diligence
And reach the state of awakening!
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“ ‘With the thought that it is for the sake of sentient beings,
I shall cultivate patience.
Even if I am insulted or beaten,
I will not say anything in return.
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A major sutra was recently ready for downloading or reading online:

https://read.84000.co/translation/toh106.html
In [Saṃdhi­nirmocana] Unraveling the Intent, the Buddha gives a systematic overview of his three great cycles of teachings, which he refers to in this text as the “three Dharma wheels” (tri­dharma­cakra). In the process of delineating the meaning of these doctrines, the Buddha unravels several difficult points regarding the ultimate and relative truths, the nature of reality, and the contemplative methods conducive to the attainment of complete and perfect awakening, and he also explains what his intent was when he imparted teachings belonging to each of the three Dharma wheels. In unambiguous terms, the third wheel is proclaimed to be of definitive meaning. Through a series of dialogues with hearers and bodhisattvas, the Buddha thus offers a complete and systematic teaching on the Great Vehicle, which he refers to here as the Single Vehicle.
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That is a wonderful website. They have a Translation of the Lotus Sutra from the Tibetan Version, entitled "The White Lotus of the Good Dharma", here, and one can download the PDF version here.
Then the Bhagavān said to Vi­śiṣṭa­cāritra and the other bodhisattva mahāsattvas, “Noble ones, the tathāgatas, arhats, perfectly enlightened buddhas have inconceivable power. Noble ones, in order to bestow upon you this Dharma teaching, I could teach the many kinds of benefits through many aspects of the Dharma for many hundreds of thousands of quintillions of eons; but even if I were to teach these benefits, I would not have finished describing the many kinds of benefits of this Dharma teaching.
-From Chapter 20, The Tathāgata’s Miracles.
"But although I preach nirvana, this is not a true extinction. All phenomena from the very first have of themselves constantly borne the marks of tranquil extinction. Once the sons of the Buddha have carried out this way, then in a future existence they will be able to become Buddhas."
-The Lotus Sutra, Chapter Two, Expedient Means.
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Yes, a project worth supporting. I have downloaded around 70 of their sutras. Hopefully they will produce books too. The Mahayana Tripitaka will eventually be put into English & other Western languages -- not in my lifetime though.
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They are up to 130 translations as of this date. Here is the latest, where Manjushri lays out to a Deva the key elements of the bodhisattva path:

https://read.84000.co/translation/toh252.html

Here is one example:
Divine being, these are the four attitudes bodhisattvas generate that are like a rock: an attitude that has no hostility toward those who make requests, an attitude of compassion toward those who have gone astray, an attitude of not losing insight, and an attitude of bringing all undertakings to completion. Divine being, those are the four attitudes bodhisattvas generate that are like a rock.
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In this one Māra is saved by Manjushri:

https://read.84000.co/translation/toh97.html

Summary:
In The Chapter on Mañjuśrī’s Magical Display, the bodhisattva Mañjuśrī answers a series of questions posed by the god Great Light concerning the appropriate conduct for bodhisattvas and the potential pitfalls and obstacles presented to bodhisattvas by Māra. Midway through the sūtra, the demon Māra himself appears and, after being captured and converted by Mañjuśrī, he begins to teach the Buddha’s Dharma to the audience. After revealing that Māra was never truly bound by anything other than his own perception, Mañjuśrī resumes his teaching for the remainder of the sūtra.
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A short Dharani sutra about the Mother of Avalokiteśvara, meaning Tara perhaps:

https://read.84000.co/translation/toh725.html
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Summary of new Sutra, The Account of the Noble Deeds of Puṇyabala
In Śrāvastī, at Prince Jeta’s Grove, several elder monks in the Buddha’s
assembly cannot agree on which human quality is most valuable and
beneficial: beauty, diligence, artistry, or insight. They ask the Buddha, who
replies that merit, which gives rise to all the qualities they have noted, is of
most benefit to beings. To illustrate this point, he tells the story of a past life
in which he was born as Puṇyabala, with four older brothers who were each
named after their most prized quality: Rūpabala, Vīryavanta, Śilpavanta, and
Prajñāvanta. In an ensuing contest to determine which quality produces the
best outcomes in real life, Puṇyabala wins, and through his merit is granted
dominion over much of the world. The Buddha then goes on to tell the story
of his even earlier lifetime as Dyūtajaya, during which he developed the
intention to attain buddhahood through the accumulation of merit.
An excerpt:
Here, in this life, some childish fools kill and shackle others,
Brutally ruining them, while donating their wealth to others.
Such generosity accompanied by tear-stained faces and punishment
Does not qualify as the path of appropriate offering.
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Summary of Noble Deeds of Śrīsena:
In this discourse, the Buddha Śākyamuni describes his past life as King Śrīsena of Ariṣṭa, a bodhisattva renowned for his unstinting generosity and spiritual resolve. In that life, a sage orders his disciple to ask King Śrīsena for his beautiful wife, Jayaprabhā. Out of compassion, King Śrīsena gives his wife to the disciple. Śakra, lord of the gods, then claims that King Śrīsena is also able to give away his own body. The other gods have doubts about this, so to prove his point, Śakra disguises himself as an old brahmin whose lower body has been eaten by a tiger, and then asks King Śrīsena to gift him his own lower body. With altruistic motivation, King Śrīsena agrees to the request and orders carpenters to saw him in half. He offers the bottom half to the brahmin, whose body is magically made whole again. King Śrīsena claims he has felt no regrets and by the power of his words, his own body is restored. During this ordeal, Śakra has kept the king alive and carefully monitored his reactions. Observing nothing but pure altruism, Śakra then confirms that the king is a true bodhisattva who is capable of the highest acts of generosity. With this past life story, the Buddha illustrates the kinds of personal sacrifice a bodhisattva will make to attain awakening, even when these go against the protestations of those closest to him.

https://read.84000.co/translation/toh349.html
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Another major Sutra, Questions of Upāli:

https://read.84000.co/translation/UT22084-043-005.html
Ascertaining the Vinaya: Upāli’s Questions is a sūtra focused on the relationship between and integration of the prātimokṣa vows of monastic discipline and the conduct of a bodhisattva who follows the Mahāyāna tradition. The sūtra’s two main interlocutors, Śāriputra and Upāli, query the Buddha about the relationship between these two levels of commitments, eliciting a teaching on the different orientations held by the followers of different Buddhist vehicles and how their different views affect the application of their vows. Ascertaining the Vinaya is a particularly valuable sūtra for its inclusion of a unique form of the confessional “Three Sections” rite, making it one of the few extant canonical sources to describe it at length.
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Some more helpers are joining the 84K translation project:

https://84000.co/two-new-academic-partnerships/
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From the new Bouquet of Flowers sutra devoted to buddhas who seem far away, yet still will help & bless those who know & revere their name:
Faith in buddhas has great miraculous power. For heaps of merit
will be accomplished precisely according to how beings dedicate merit,
whether it be through the Vehicle of Hearers, the Vehicle of Solitary Realizers,
or the unexcelled Great Vehicle.

One should not give rise to hostile thoughts toward
thus-gone ones and toward great persons who have embarked on
the Great Vehicle. Śāriputra, those who do not trust their elder siblings —the
thus-gone ones and the great persons who have entered the Great Vehicle —
will distance themselves from the awakening of a buddha even if they have
approached it; that is, unless they have secured assurance of the final
attainment and have devotion for the Bouquet of Flowers. They should not
come in the vicinity of bodhisattva-mahāsattvas. Those who have ill will
toward those sublime beings will incur the suffering of the great hells for ten
million years. If it is taught that one should not have ill will even toward
those in the animal realm, how much worse would it be to have it toward
those sublime beings!
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This Distinctly Ascertaining the Meanings Sutra may have been used by Vasubandhu for his major Abhidharma text. In any case, Buddha describes the varied categories of dharmas that need to be discerned and meditated upon.

https://read.84000.co/translation/toh317.html
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Here is an important read from 84000, if anyone wants a short description on the Western Paradise of Amitabha.
Homage to all the buddhas and bodhisattvas.

Thus did I hear at one time. The Bhagavān was dwelling in Anāthapiṇḍada’s park in the Jeta Grove in Śrāvastī, along with a large monastic saṅgha of 1,250 bhikṣus,7 all of them great elders, śrāvakas, and arhats, such as the Elder Śāriputra, Mahā­maudgalyāyana, Mahākāśyapa, Mahā­kātyāyana,8 Mahākapphiṇa, Mahākauṣṭhila, Revata, Śuddhipaṃthaka, Nanda, Ānanda, Rāhula, Gavāṃpati, Bharadvāja, Kālodāyin, Vakula, and Aniruddha. He dwelt with these and other great śrāvakas and with many bodhisattva mahāsattvas, such as the youthful Mañjuśrī, [F.196.a] the Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Ajita, the Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Gandhahastin, the Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Nityodyukta, and the Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Anikṣiptadhura, along with many other bodhisattva mahāsattvas. He was also accompanied by Indra, the lord of gods, and Brahmā, the ruler of the Sahā world, along with many myriads9 of gods.

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On that occasion, the Bhagavān said to the venerable Śāriputra, “Śāriputra, if you go from this buddha realm past 100,000 myriad buddha realms toward the western direction, there is a world known as Sukhāvatī (The Delightful). In that place the Tathāgata, the arhat, the perfectly and fully enlightened buddha known as Amitāyus (Immeasurable Life), dwells, lives, and abides, teaching the Dharma.

“Now what do you think, Śāriputra, why is that world called ‘Sukhāvatī’?

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“Śāriputra, in the Sukhāvatī world, sentient beings experience neither physical pain nor mental suffering and the causes for their happiness are limitless. For this reason, this world is called Sukhāvatī. Furthermore, Śāriputra, the Sukhāvatī world is surrounded on all sides by seven layers of terraces, seven rows of palm trees, and filigrees of chimes. It is radiantly beautiful. Śāriputra, this buddha realm is beautifully adorned with displays of the excellences of buddha realms, such as the four kinds of jewels, namely, gold, silver, beryl, and crystal. Furthermore, Śāriputra, the Sukhāvatī world has ponds adorned with seven kinds of jewels. The ponds are full of water possessing the eight qualities. They are covered by jeweled lotuses, [F.196.b] are filled to the top to enable crows to drink, and are lined with golden sand. All around, on the four sides of the ponds are four radiantly elegant staircases, each made of one of the four precious substances: gold, silver, beryl, and crystal. By the banks of the ponds grow jeweled trees of the seven radiantly beautiful jewels: gold, silver, beryl, crystal, rosy pearls, emerald, and coral. From all those ponds grow lotuses that bloom as large as chariot wheels.

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Amitabha, Amitabha, Amitabha, Amitabha, Amitabha, Amitabha, Amitabha, Amitabha, Amitabha, Amitabha

https://read.84000.co/translation/toh115.html
"But although I preach nirvana, this is not a true extinction. All phenomena from the very first have of themselves constantly borne the marks of tranquil extinction. Once the sons of the Buddha have carried out this way, then in a future existence they will be able to become Buddhas."
-The Lotus Sutra, Chapter Two, Expedient Means.
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