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Soteriological Unfolding of the Mind, Body and Abiding-Places in the “Samanta-mukha-parivarta” of the Lotus Sutra
Author 蔡耀明 (著)=Tsai, Yao-ming (au.)
Source Kumarajiva: Philosopher and Seer
Pages174 - 192
PublisherIndira Gandhi National Center for the Arts
Publisher Url
LocationNew Delhi, India [新德里, 印度]
Content type會議論文=Proceeding Article
AbstractThis article employs the “Samanta-mukha-parivarta” of the Lotus Sutra as the main
source to discuss with a philosophical approach on the possibility of the most superlative
unfolding of three concepts, namely mind, body and abiding-place in practice and
application of the Mahāyāna Buddhism. On the one hand, this paper will illuminate the
limitation of ideation formed by the previously named three concepts as well as
attachments in practice. On the other hand, this article will try to reveal the creativity and
characteristics of how the teachings of the Mahāyāna Buddhism break limitation and
There are six segments in the discourse of this paper. In section one, introduction brings
out the main theme directly and progressively delineates the initial thinking and outline.
Section two summarizes the main thesis of the “Samanta-mukha-parivarta,” includes the
structure, title, mechanism, and key concepts of the text to serve as the context of the
discourse and to provide a more complete picture of the reasoning. Section three
establishes that the message conveyed by the “Samanta-mukha-parivarta” is an unfolding
operation in religion. Three segments in section four elucidate how the topics of mind,
body and abiding-place construct the unfolding thoughts and methods in an orderly
manner. Section five investigates the kinds of unfolding Bodhisattva practices
exemplified by Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. Furthermore, this section reflects on the
scope of the Bodhisattva practices in a philosophical aspect and questions the possibility
to unfold them as superlative as possible. Section six concludes and summarizes the main
points of this article.
Created date2011.04.29
Modified date2015.08.27

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