Shrīmālā Sutra ［勝鬘経］ ( Shrīmālādevī-simhanāda-sūtra; Chin Sheng-man-ching; Shōman-gyō): Also known as the Lion’s Roar of Queen Shrīmālā Sutra. A sutra translated into Chinese in 436 by Gunabhadra. Fragments of the Sanskrit text and a Tibetan translation exist. This sutra takes the form of preaching, with the aid of Shakyamuni Buddha’s power, by Lady Shrīmālā, the daughter of King Prasenajit of Kosala who became the consort of King Mitrayashas (also known as Yashomitra) of Ayodhyā in India. She expounds the one vehicle teaching and makes clear that the matrix of the Thus Come One ( tathāgata-garbha), or the Buddha nature, is inherent in all living beings. Along with the Vimalakīrti Sutra, it is valued as a scripture for lay Buddhists. Another Chinese translation, by Bodhiruchi (d. 727), is contained in the Accumulated Treasures Sutra, a compilation of a number of smaller sutras. According to this sutra, Prasenajit and Mallikā, both followers of Shakyamuni, wished to lead their daughter Shrīmālā to the Buddha way. They sent a messenger to Shrīmālā in Ayodhyā with a letter from them praising the Buddha and his virtues. Reading her parents’ letter, Shrīmālā was overjoyed and desired to listen to the Buddha preach. Shakyamuni, who was staying at Jetavana Monastery in Shrāvastī of Kosala, perceived Shrīmālā’s wish and suddenly appeared before her. She respectfully and reverently praised the Buddha and his virtues, and Shakyamuni prophesied that in a future existence she would become a Buddha named Universal Light. At that time, she vowed to protect the correct teaching with her life and work to save the people from suffering.