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The Vairocanâbhisambodhi Sutra
Author Giebel, Rolf W. ; Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research
Date2006.02.13
Pages320
PublisherNumata Center for Buddhist Translation & Research
LocationBerkeley, CA, US [伯克利, 加利福尼亞州, 美國]
Content type書籍=Book
Language英文=English
Keyword尸羅=戒=command=Precept=sila=morality=rule=discipline=prohibition; 手印=mudra=finger-prints=seals=signet-rings=mystic positions of the hand; 佛教經典=Buddhist Scriptures=Sutra; 金剛乘=真言教=瑜伽宗=坦特羅佛教=密教=密宗=Tantric Buddhism=Esoteric Buddhism=Vajrayana Buddhism; 長行=契經=修多羅=Sutra; 修行方法=修行法門=Practice; 曼陀羅=曼荼羅=壇城=Mandala; 善巧方便=方便施設=Upayakausalia=Upaya; 菩提心=Bodhicitta; 菩薩=Bodhisattva; 慈悲心=Compassion=Metta=Loving Kindness=Maitri; 觀想=Visualization
AbstractThe Vairocanâbhisambodhi Sutra has remained, with the Sarvatathâgatatattvasangraha (English translation by Rolf W. Giebel, The Adamantine Pinnacle Sutra, in the volume Two Esoteric Sutras, Numata Center, 2001), one of the two basic texts of East Asian Esoteric Buddhism. This translation is based on the Chinese version of the text done in 724–5 by Subhâkarasimha and his disciple Yixing. Taking the form of a dialogue between the bodhisattva Vajrapâni and the Buddha Vairocana, the text’s primary aim is the exposition of bodhi-mind (bodhicitta), rooted in compassion (karunâ) and culminating in expedient means (upâya), as the basis for ultimate wisdom. Chapters discuss more specifically Tantric practices, such as construction of a mandala, initiation rites, mantras, mudrâs, and visualization, as well as the ten precepts and other Mahayana teachings. The final fascicle is a ritual manual. This text provides an excellent overall picture of the theory and practice of mid- to late seventh century Indian Tantric Buddhism.
ISBN188643932X (hc)
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Created date2006.09.14



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