This document uses a fixed navigation panel, "fixed" meaning it doesn't scroll with the text but always stays at the top of the browser window. The panel contains a pull-down chapter selection list and previous/next chapter buttons.
There are advantages to saving the sutra on your hard drive. The pages load faster when read from your hard drive and will always be available on your computer, even if you don't have an Internet connection. Saving is most easily accomplished by downloading the file at:
http://www.nirvanasutra.net/convenient/complete-sutra.zip (845KB download)
and unzipping it using file decompression/extraction software (such as 7-Zip, WinZip or pkunzip). A folder named "nirvana_sutra" will be created on your computer. You can go into that folder through your web browser and view the sutra exactly in the same manner as you view it over the Internet, except faster. Go into the folder and click on the file named "complete-sutra.html".
To access the sutra, go to the web address:
That will take you to the preface. When opening the sutra in your web browser, you can go directly to a specific chapter. You do that by appending "?chapter=N" (or "?c=N" for short) to the web address, where "N" is the chapter number. For example, to go directly to chapter 15 use:
When opening the sutra in your web browser, you can go directly to a specific passage in the text. You do that by appending "&passage=I" (or "&p=I" for short) to the web address, where "I" is the passage identifier. Both the chapter and passage must be specified, and the passage must be appended after the chapter. For example, to go directly to the milk anology in chapter 12 use:
For the passages to work, passage identifiers must be placed in the text. I accept requests for placing them. Just email me (using the "Feedback" link on the preface page) and specify the precise locations where you want them. The best way to do this is give me the text of the entire line where you want the passage to begin. That will make the location easy for me to find. And, of course, give me the chapter number where the passage is located.
You can create your own passage identifiers if you wish, otherwise I'll create them for you. If you create them yourself, you need to know the rules for creating them: Passage identifiers are unique identifiers which don't occur anywhere else in the text. The first character must be a letter. The remaining characters can be any combination of letters, numeric digits, hyphens ("-"), underscores ("_"), colons (":"), or periods (".").
Here is a list of the current passages:
Passage identifiers are case-sensitive so it's important to enter them with the correct case. If the case doesn't match, they won't work. For instance, "milkAnalogy" and "milkanalogy" do not match.
This document wasn't designed with printing in mind. It doesn't have page breaks or page numbers, so it isn't ideally suited for printing. However, it can be printed with good results. The print needs to be reduced to 80% of the original size. When printing, it's best to use these printer-friendly webpages:
Preface (Has some graphics and colors)
Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3
Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6
Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9
Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12
Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15
Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18
Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21
Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24
Chapter 25 Chapter 26 Chapter 27
Chapter 28 Chapter 29 Chapter 30
Chapter 31 Chapter 32 Chapter 33
Chapter 34 Chapter 35 Chapter 36
Chapter 37 Chapter 38 Chapter 39
Chapter 40 Chapter 41 Chapter 42
Chapter 43 Chapter 44 Chapter 45
When using these webpages, the navigation panel isn't printed and the print is black-and-white (except for links and the Buddha image in the preface).
The icons are modified versions of icons from the Nuvola icon set. I am licensing them under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) version 3.