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The Sūtra of Questions Regarding Death and Transmigration

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:51 pm
by Losal Samten
An Annotated Translation of the Sūtra of Questions Regarding Death and Transmigration
by Tom Tillemans

Summary wrote:Questions Regarding Death and Transmigration contains explanations of Buddhist views on the nature of life and death, and a number of philosophical arguments against non-Buddhist conceptions, notably some based broadly on the Vedas. The sūtra is set in the town of Kapilavastu at the time of the funeral of a young man of the Shakya clan. King Shuddhodana wonders about the validity of the ritual offerings being made for the deceased by the family and asks the Buddha seven questions about current beliefs on death and the afterlife. The Buddha answers each of the questions in turn. After two interlocutors interrupt to test the Buddha’s omniscience, the discourse continues to present the Buddhist account of death and reincarnation through a complex array of similes. ... smigration