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Wisdom of Buddha: The Samdhinirmochana Mahayana Sutra
Author Powers, John
Date1994
PublisherDharma Publishing
Publisher Url http://www.dharmapublishing.com/
LocationBerkeley, CA, US [伯克利, 加利福尼亞州, 美國]
Content type書籍=Book
Language英文=English
NoteBibliography of Yogacara Studies, Yogacara Buddhism Research Association (唯識佛教法相學會)
Keyword解深密經=Sajdhinirmocana-s?tra;佛教經典=Sutra;大乘佛教=漢傳佛教=北傳佛教=Mahayana Buddhism;
AbstractThis is the Elucidation of the Intention Sutra, or the Sutra Unravelling the Thought (of the Buddha). An
extraordinary teaching given by the Buddha in response to questions of advanced Bodhisattvas, this Sutra is now available in
English. Ten chapters illuminate the basis-consciousness, the ultimate, the doctrine of cognition-only, the threefold
character of phenomena (the imputational, other-dependent, and thoroughly established), the teachings of definitive meaning,
the development of shamatha and vipashyana, the ten stages of the Bodhisattva Path and the six perfections, and the union of
wisdom and compassion at the Buddha level.
A masterpiece of the Mahayana and a central text of the Yogachara. With Tibetan text on facing pages, extensive notes and
glossary.
"Buddhist scholars everywhere should rejoice."– Library Journal
From the chapter "The Questions of Manjushri": (The Bhagavan speaking) "Manjushri, all afflicted phenomena and purified
phenomena are unmoving and without personhood. Therefore, I teach that phenomena are without activity in all their aspects.
Further, it is not the case that afflicted phenomena are previously afflicted and subsequently purified. Nor is it the case
that purified phenomena have been subsequently purified, after having been previously afflicted. Childish ordinary beings,
relying on views that predispose them toward exaggerated adherence to the phenomena within the collection of errant
tendencies and to an own-being of persons, grasp at 'I' and 'mine'. Due to this, they mistakenly conceive 'I see,' 'I hear,'
'I smell,' 'I experience,' 'I touch,' 'I know,' 'I eat,' 'I act,' 'I am afflicted,' and 'I am purified.' Those who
understand reality just as it is, having fully abandoned the collection of errant tendencies, have no basis for any of the
afflictions. They attain a body that is very pure, free from elaborations, uncompounded, and free from manifest activity.
Manjushri, know that this is the entire quintessential meaning." Then the Bhagavan spoke these verses: "Afflicted phenomena
and pure phenomena are all without activity and personhood. Thus I explain that they are without activity: not purified or
afflicted in the past or future. Relying on views that predispose one to the collection of errant tendencies, one grasps at
'I' and 'mine'; one thinks 'I see,' 'I eat,' 'I act,' 'I am afflicted,' and 'I am purified.' Knowing reality just as it is,
abandoning the collection of errant tendencies, one attains a pure body with no basis for the afflictions, free from
elaborations, and uncompounded."
From the Publisher's Preface, by Tarthang Tulku: The idea of Dharma Publishing creating an introductory book on ancient
Tibetan history began in 1979. It seemed that such a volume might be welcomed both by Tibetans interested in the origins of
Tibetan civilization and by my Western students and friends. To research the important events in ancient Tibetan history,
the Dharma Publishing staff began to collect information from a variety of historical sources such as the Tun-huand annals,
the T'ang annals, the Li-yul texts, and Arab histories. Over several years, different research teams consulted the Western
translations and discussions of these sources. Broadening our investigation in Tibetan history, we found that history led
naturally to archeology, and archeology to geology. Although it is just an introduction, Ancient Tibet is a gesture of
appreciation to the land where I was born and to its people. My hope is that this volume will encourage the understanding of
the value of the traditional culture while it still remains, and remind Tibetans of their ancient heritage.
ISBN089800246X (pbk); 0898002478 (hc)
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