The Sutra in Forty-two Sections Spoken by the Buddha entered China in the Eastern Han Dynasty as the first important Sutra to be transmitted from India. The Buddha did not speak this Sutra in a particular Dharma Assembly. Rather, it is a collection of the Buddha’s salient words compiled by his disciples after the Buddha entered Nirvana. Its recurring theme is that of severing desire and emotional love. It progresses from the small to the great, from the shallow to the profound, reflecting the total progression of the Buddha’s lectures. Staring with the Small Vehicle, it arrives at the absolute truth of the Great Vehicle which is of one substance in movement and stillness. While being simple and easy to recite, its principles are infinitely broad and profound. Buddhists should frequently recite this Sutra, for it can serve as a stepping stone in cultivation.