(Lecture delivered by Master Sheng-yen on Sunday, December 9, 1984.) The Surangama Sutra is collected in the Tripitaka in the Tantra section. So it would seem that the sutra belongs to the esoteric sect of Tantra. But we are not Tantric practitioners, nor are we part of an esoteric sect. Why then would I chose to lecture on this sutra? To answer this question we must understand the origin of the sutra, why Buddha gave it to us. Buddha was responding to a problem that beset Ananda, his disciple. more