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Mahāyāna Sūtrālamkāra kārikā (Chinese: 大乘庄严经论, "The Adornment of Mahayana sutras") is a major work of Buddhist philosophy attributed to Maitreya-nātha as dictated to Asanga. The text, written in verse, presents the Mahayana path from the Yogacara perspective. It comprises twenty-two chapters with a total of 800 verses and shows considerable similarity in arrangement and content to the Bodhisattvabhūmiśāstra, although the interesting first chapter proving the validity and authenticity of Mahāyāna is unique to this work. Associated with it is a prose commentary (bhāsya) by Vasubandhu and several sub-commentaries by Sthiramati and others; the portions by Maitreya-nātha and Vasubandhu both survive in Sanskrit as well as Tibetan, Chinese, and Mongolian translations.
In English translation
The Mahayanasutralamkara has been translated into English by Lobsang Jamspal, Robert Thurman and the American Institute of Buddhist Studies translation committee.
In 2014 Snow Lion published a 1000 page translation by Thomas Doctor and the Dharmachakra team, which includes Khenpo Shenga's gloss and Mipham Rinpoche's commentary. It is titled the Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sutras.
- Sylvain Lévi, transl. (1911). Mahāyāna-Sūtrālaṃkāra : exposé de la doctrine du Grand Véhicule selon le système Yogācāra / Asaṅga. Éd. et trad. d'après un manuscrit rapporté du Népal - Tome 2: Traduction, introduction, index. - Paris : Librairie Honoré Champion
- Buswell, Robert Jr; Lopez, Donald S. Jr., eds. (2013). Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Mahāyānasūtrālamkāra). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. pp. 514–515. ISBN 9780691157863.