Shurangama Sutra

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Shurangama Sutra

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A powerful sutra of Buddha's teachings. Very influential over Eastern Asia. This site provides much content about and from the sutra:

http://online.sfsu.edu/rone/Buddhism/Sh ... angama.htm

The short Foreword by Epstein lays out the value of knowledge about demonic afflictions that are real, but can be avoided.

http://online.sfsu.edu/repstein/Buddhis ... eword.html
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A later 2009 one volume edition of this sutra has a long Foreword. Here is how the section on the demonic states part at the end of the sutra begins: [my emphasis in bold]
Fifty Demonic States of Mind

In this final section of the Sutra, the Buddha once again speaks without a request for teaching, as he did in Part III. Here he undertakes to warn practitioners to be on their guard against fifty demonic states of mind that can arise during the period in which the practitioner is breaking his attachments to the five aggregates. Ten such states of mind are described for each of the five aggregates. The Buddha explains that if practitioners dismiss these states as of no importance, the states will disappear of their own accord. But if practitioners fall under the influence of these states, they may become stuck. They may even face insanity or demonic possession, or they may simply stray from the Path. The practitioner may lead others into error as well. In describing people whose practice has taken a wrong turn, this section also serves as a warning against falling under the influence of spiritual charlatans and their cults. The warning is as relevant today as it was when it was spoken.
Non-attachment, critical awareness and reason are necessary to avoid false or dangerous byways.

See thread Master Hua on Cultivation for more comments on demonic states.
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Re: Shurangama Sutra

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Sutra:

They can succeed in their destructiveness through your
mind, which is the host of the five skandhas. If the host becomes
confused, the guests will be able to do as they please.


Commentary:
They can succeed in their destructiveness through your
mind, which is the host of the five skandhas.
Basically, they
cannot succeed in their destructiveness. However, if the host
becomes confused
– if your mind, which is the master of the five
skandhas, is deluded – the guests will be able to do as they please.

The [demon] guests will be able to take advantage of you. As long as you,
the host, are not confused, they cannot do anything to you. who is
the host? It is your inherent nature. If your inherent nature is
confused, then the demons can have their way with you. But if your
inherent nature is not confused, then they are powerless to do anything.
May all seek, find and follow the Path of Buddhas.
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