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Can Ultimate Reality Change? The Three Natures/Three Characters Doctrine in Indian Yogācāra Literature and Contemporary Scholarship
Author Powers, John (著)
Source Sophia
Volumev.62 n.1
Pages49 - 69
PublisherSpringer Nature
Publisher Url
LocationSwitzerland [瑞士]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteAuthor Affiliation: Deakin University, Australia.
KeywordYogācāra; Epistemology; Soteriology; Three natures; Three characters
AbstractThis article focuses on the three natures (trisvabhāva) or three characters (trilakṣaṇa) doctrine as described in Indian Yogācāra treatises. This concept is fundamental to Yogācāra epistemology and soteriology, but terminology employed by contemporary buddhologists misconstrues and misrepresents some of its most important features, particularly with regard to the ‘ultimately real nature’ (pariniṣpanna-svabhāva), which is equated with terms that connote ultimate reality like ultimate truth (paramārtha), emptiness (śūnyatā), and reality limit (bhūta-koṭi), and which is described as a ‘purifying object of observation’ (viśuddhālambana) that facilitates insight when properly understood by meditators. The article discusses how it is described in a range of Yogācāra treatises and compares this with how it has been conceived in academic studies of Indic Yogācāra literature.
Table of contentsAbstract 49
Keywords 49
Introduction 49
The Three Natures/Three Characters in the Works of Asaṅga and Vasubandhu 52
Sponberg’s ‘Pivotal Model’ and How Pariniṣpanna Figures in It 55
Nagao’s Interpretation of the Three Characters/Natures 56
Synonyms of Pariniṣpanna 58
Analogies of the Three Characters/Natures 60
Translations and Interpretations of Pariniṣpanna 63
Conclusion 67
References 68
ISSN00381527 (P); 1873930X (E)
Created date2023.10.05
Modified date2023.10.05

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