Jadamba sutra or The Perfection of Wisdom in eight thousand lines

2019-03-04 15:46:20

Various versions of Jadamba or The Perfection of Wisdom sutra in eight thousand lines are kept in the Museum of Precious Rare Books at the National Library of Mongolia.

Jadamba, which means ‘eight thousand’ in Tibetan, is a Buddha teaching sutra in 8000 lines and 32 chapters. Mongolians used to iconize the sacred scripture and recite it during the evenings to cast out evil spirits and pursue good deeds. It was believed that the sutra is good for all living beings and was sacred in every household and as it was the first volume of Ganjuur, nothing was put on the scripture. Jadamba sutra, the head book of Buddhist scriptures, has been recreated a hundreds of times, among which there are remarkable art pieces made of nine, seven and five treasures as well as gold and silver.

We present here the Golden Jadamba. The date of its creation is unknown. The eight lines made of gold are written on black colored pages with purple margins. Eight auspicious offerings are depicted on the first page, which is covered in yellow silk with blue frames and installed on wooden board. On both sides of the script gold embossed Gautuma Buddha and Maitreya decorated with jewels, pearls, corals and turquoise are depicted sitting on the throne in a temple with dragon wrapped pillars.

Being the main scripture of Prajnaparamita, Jadamba sutra refers to the concept of reaching the wisdom, insight into the true nature of reality and enlightenment by training one’s mind. The sutra was registered as precious and unique heritage of history and culture by the Government Resolution No.105 of 2012.

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