Digital Texts

We are pleased to make available the fruits of the BDK Tripitaka Translation Series in freely distributable PDF format. This page provides a provisional list below. More files are available at the download page of BDK America.

The files presented here are word-for-word duplicates of our printed volumes. Due to a change in font in the earlier publications and the occasional correction of typographical errors, there may be pagination and other minor differences from the original printed version. In addition, a page describing these circumstances and adding relevant information about the digital version has been added to each PDF file. Incidentally, if you notice any remaining typographical errors or other infelicities in either our printed or electronic publications, please do not hesitate to contact us!

The appropriate format for citing these files in online or print publications includes the URL and date of access following the usual bibliographic data. Thus, for example, the following model:

Inagaki Hisao, trans., in collaboration with Harold Stewart. The Three Pure Land Sutras. Revised second ed., Berkeley: Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research, 2003. http://www.bdk.or.jp/bdk/digitaldl.html (accessed March 19, 2014).

These PDF files may be printed and distributed according to the terms of use established here on this website. The files themselves are distributed with certain security provisions in place that disallow modification. However, if any Buddhist group or scholar of Buddhism has legitimate reason to modify and/or adapt the contents of any such file (such as for inclusion of the contents in a publically available online database of Buddhist doctrine), please contact us for permission and unrestricted files.

We have adopted the following convention for naming dBET files. The following is the skeletal format:


All our filenames will contain three elements, and many will contain four. All filenames will begin with the opening designation "dBET_" indicating the general class of "digital BDK English Tripitaka" files. For files that contain the translation of a single text, this will be followed by the relevant Taisho or other number, prefixed by "T" for Taisho, "Z" for Zoku-zokyo (the extended canon), etc. However, since we are distributing dBET files as facsimiles of our printed volumes, a number of files will contain multiple texts. In order to reduce potential confusion, in these cases we have simply left out the Taisho or other numerical designation. Finally, all filenames will include a brief title based on the contents and the publication year of the printed volume. These designations will be useful in case of any future revisions or differing presentations of the texts in question.

PDF Taisho Number Title 経典名 Translator
dBET_ApocryphalScriptures_2005.pdf 389 The Bequeathed Teaching Sutra 佛垂般涅槃略説教誡経 J. Cleary
685 The Ullambana Sutra 盂蘭盆経 Shojun Bando
784 The Sutra of Forty-two Sections 四十二章経 Heng-ching Shih
842 The Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment 大方広円覚修多羅了義経 Peter Gregory
2887 The Sutra on the Profundity of Filial Love 父母恩重経 Keiyo Arai
dBET_Srimala_Vimalakirti_2004.pdf 353 The Sutra of Queen Śrīmālā of the Lion's Roar 勝鬘師子吼一乗大方便方広経 Diana Paul
475 The Vimalakīrti Sutra 維摩詰所説経 John McRae
dBET_T0192_Buddhacarita_2009.pdf 192 A Biography of Sakyamuni 仏所行讃 Charles Willemen
dBET_T0262_LotusSutra_2007.pdf 262 The Lotus Sutra (Second Revised Edition) 妙法蓮華経 Tsugunari Kubo, Akira Yuyama
dBET_T0848_Vairocana_2005.pdf 848 The Vairocanābhisaṃbodhi Sutra 大毘盧遮那成仏神変加持経 Rolf Giebel
dBET_T2008_PlatformSutra_2000.pdf 2008 The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch 六祖大師法宝壇経 John McRae
dBET_T2025_Baizhang_2006.pdf 2025 The Baizhang Zen Monastic Regulations 勅脩百丈清規 Shohei Ichimura
dBET_T2582_Shobogenzo1_2009.pdf 2582 Shōbōgenzō: The True Dharma-Eye Treasury 正法眼蔵(1) Gudo Nishijima, Chodo Cross
dBET_T2582_Shobogenzo2_2008.pdf 2582 Shōbōgenzō: The True Dharma-Eye Treasury 正法眼蔵(2) Gudo Nishijima, Chodo Cross
dBET_T2582_Shobogenzo3_2008.pdf 2582 Shōbōgenzō: The True Dharma-Eye Treasury 正法眼蔵(3) Gudo Nishijima, Chodo Cross
dBET_T2582_Shobogenzo4_2008.pdf 2582 Shōbōgenzō: The True Dharma-Eye Treasury 正法眼蔵(4) Gudo Nishijima, Chodo Cross
dBET_Tannisho-Ofumi_1996.pdf 2661 Tannishō: Passages Deploring Deviations of Faith 歎異抄 Shojun Bando, Harold Stewart
2668 Rennyo Shōnin Ofumi: The Letters of Rennyo 蓮如上人御文 Ann Rogers, Minor Rogers
dBET_ThreePureLandSutras_2003.pdf 360 The Larger Sutra on Amitāyus 無量寿経 Hisao Inagaki, Harold Stewart
365 The Sutra on Contemplation of Amitāyus 観無量寿仏経 Hisao Inagaki, Harold Stewart
366 The Smaller Sutra on Amitāyus 阿弥陀経 Hisao Inagaki, Harold Stewart
dBET_T1593_GreatVehicleSummary_2003.pdf  1593 The Summary of the Great Vehicle 攝大乘論 John P.Keenan
dBET_KnowableElucidation-SchismaticDoctrine_2004.pdf 1645 The Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable 彰所知論 Charles Willemen
2031 The Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines 異部宗輪論 TSUKAMOTO Keisho
dBET_LivesGreatMonksNuns_2002.pdf 2046 The Life of Aśvaghoṣa Bodhisattva 馬鳴菩薩伝 Li Rongxi
2047 The Life of Nāgārjuna Bodhisattva  龍樹菩薩伝 Li Rongxi
2049 Biography of Dharma Master Vasubandhu 婆薮槃豆法師伝 C. T. Shen Albert A.Dalia
2063 Biographies of Buddhist Nuns 比丘尼伝 Li Rongxi
2085 The Journey of the Eminent Monk Faxian 高僧法顕伝 Li Rongxi
dBET_TwoNichirenTexts_2003.pdf 2688 The Treatise on the Establishment of the Orthodox Teaching and the Peace of the Nation 立正安國論 MURANO Senchu
2692 The Most Venerable One Revealed by Introspecting Our Minds for the First Time at the Beginning of the Fifth of the Five Five Hundred-year Ages 觀心本尊抄 MURANO Senchu
dBET_T2646_Kyogyoshinsho_2003.pdf 2646 Kyōgyōshinshō: On Teaching, Practice, Faith, and Enlightenment 顕浄土真実教行証文類 INAGAKI Hisao
dBET_ZenTexts_2005.pdf 2012 Essentials of the Transmission of Mind 黄檗山断際禅師伝心法要 John McRae
2543 A Treatise on Letting Zen Flourish to Protect the State 興禅護国論 Gishin Tokiwa
2580 A Universal Recommendation for True Zazen 普勧坐禅儀 Osamu Yoshida
2586 Advice on the Practice of Zazen 坐禅用心記 Steven Heine
dBET_ShingonTexts_2004.pdf 2426 The Precious Key to the Secret Treasury 秘蔵宝鑰 Rolf W. Giebel
2427 On the Differences between the Exoteric and Esoteric Teachings 弁顕密二教論 Rolf W. Giebel
2428 The Meaning of Becoming a Buddha in This Very Body 即身成仏義 Rolf W. Giebel
2429 The Meanings of Sound, Sign, and Reality 声字実相義 Rolf W. Giebel
2430 The Meanings of the Word Hūṃ 吽字義 Rolf W. Giebel
2514 The Illuminating Secret Commentary on the Five Cakras and the Nine Syllables 五輪九字明秘密釈 Dale A.Todaro
2527 The Mitsugonin Confession 密厳院発露懺悔文 Dale A.Todaro