Vimalakirti

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Vimalakirti, 8th century wall painting, Dunhuang

Vimalakīrti is the central figure in the Buddhist Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sūtra,[1] which presents him as the ideal Mahayanist lay practitioner[2] and a contemporary of Gautama Buddha (6th to 5th century BCE).[1] There is no mention of him in Buddhist texts until after Nāgārjuna (1st century BCE to 2nd century CE) revived the Mahāyāna teachings in India.

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  • Jamie Hubbard: Expository Commentary on the Vimalakīrti Sutra. Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research, Berkeley 2012, ISBN 978-886439-44-3
  • McRae, John (2004). The Sutra of Queen Śrīmālā of the Lion's Roar and the Vimalakīrti Sutra. Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research; ISBN 1886439311. PDF (From Kumārajīva's Chinese version)