In celebration of Saga Dawa, the month in which many Buddhists commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Shakyamuni Buddha, Khyentse Foundation and 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha are pleased to announce the launch of The Sutra of The Teaching of Vimalakirti. The book is offered in two sections, a prefatory commentary by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, “A Celebrity Falls Sick,” and a new 84000 edition of Robert A. F. Thurman’s English translation of the acclaimed Buddhist sūtra, The Teaching of Vimalakirti.

Khyentse Rinpoche and Thurman have praised The Teaching of Vimalakirti:

“It’s difficult for those us living in today’s mundane world to swallow the truth when we hear it, and the Vimalakirti Sutra contains a great deal about the very highest of high truths. Don’t imagine, though, that the nature of the highest truth is mystical or mythological, because it isn’t. Although the absolute truth cannot be expressed, conceived or conceptualized, all the techniques and tools necessary to establish it have been laid out for us by the Buddha himself. The Vimalakirti Sutra… describes astonishingly effective methods for deconstructing anything and everything that is not the truth.” – Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

“Unmatched in its content—a quintessence of Mahayana doctrines, both of the profound and of the extensive categories—its aesthetic virtue, too, makes it an object of the connoisseur’s delight.” – Robert A. F. Thurman

The book, illustrated by DALeast, is available in English, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese as a free download in the 84000 reading room. It is offered as a thank you gift from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche to the many supporters of the two organizations.

The Sutra of The Teaching of Vimalakirti, containing Khyentse Rinpoche’s commentary and sūtra, can be accessed here:

Simplified Chinese:
Traditional Chinese: 

For access to the The Teaching of Vimalakirti sūtra only, please visit the 84000 Reading Room (

84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha is a global non-profit initiative to translate all the Buddha’s words into modern languages, and to make them available to everyone. Khyentse Foundation established 84000 and helped support it until it could become an independent organization.

Robert A. F. Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of the Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization, and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a non-profit affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and dedicated to the publication of translations of important artistic and scientific treatises from the Tibetan Tengyur.