Anūnatvāpūrṇatvanirdeśaparivarta

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Anūnatvāpūrṇatvanirdeśaparivarta

Postby Losal Samten » Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:12 pm

Translated by J. A. Silk.

Summary wrote:The Buddha’s interlocutor is the ubiquitous Śāriputra who, however, as is usual in such Mahāyāna scriptures, speaks rarely, in fact only twice. The question which motivates the Buddha’s discourse at the outset concerns the extent of the mass of beings in the universe, the sattavadhātu: does this expand or contract? In other words, the basic question which frames the discourse is, does the number of beings in saṁsāra increase or decrease? The short answer is that it does not, the reason lying in the fundamental nature of reality.

The Buddha’s response, constituting the body of the scripture, falls into two logical halves, the first focusing on mistaken views (*mithyā-dr̥ṣṭi) which arise from the basic mistake in view about the sattvadhātu, the second taking up more directly the nature of this sattavadhātu, the realm of beings, and the concepts to which this is related, namely the dharmakāya, the dharmadhātu, and the tathāgatagarbha.


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