Mahayana Buddhism in Sri Lanka in history

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Mahayana Buddhism in Sri Lanka in history

Post by Rakshasa » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:13 pm

I was reading the biography of a 14th century Magadhan Buddhist monk (Sunyaadis'ya) who traveled all over India, Lanka, China and Korea before finally settling in Korea. The interesting thing is that he had studied and ordained in the famous Nalanda university, which was the center of Mahayana Buddhism in middle India at that, but he was sent by his professors to Sri Lanka to meet a famous master their to be able to understand the meaning of Prajna. This he did, and after spending 6 months in a cave in Ceylon, he finally understood the meaning of Prajna which that master had asked him to find.

To read the full bio click on this link: http://buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT ... waley1.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Both Vajrabodhi and his disciple Amoghavajra also traveled to Sri Lanka to learn and collect Tantric manuals (Mahavairocama sutra especially). So it appears that despite the present reputation of Sri Lanka as a Theravada center, Sri Lanka was well known in medieval and ancient history as a prominent location for Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. Not to mention, even the Lankavatara Sutra is supposed to have been delivered in Sri Lanka.

How and why did Mahayana/Vajrayana become completely extinct in Sri Lanka?

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Post by Lhug-Pa » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:30 pm

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu sometimes mentions Anuyoga having originated in this epoch in Sri Lanka, and then Trusha, Bru-sha, or Brusha.

See also:

The Golden Islands

And:

This Google Search

Wikipedia is often a mediocre source, yet is also sometimes a good start:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vajrayana_ ... heast_Asia" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by Greg » Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:16 pm

Rakshasa wrote:I was reading the biography of a 14th century Magadhan Buddhist monk (Sunyaadis'ya) who traveled all over India, Lanka, China and Korea before finally settling in Korea. The interesting thing is that he had studied and ordained in the famous Nalanda university, which was the center of Mahayana Buddhism in middle India at that, but he was sent by his professors to Sri Lanka to meet a famous master their to be able to understand the meaning of Prajna. This he did, and after spending 6 months in a cave in Ceylon, he finally understood the meaning of Prajna which that master had asked him to find.

To read the full bio click on this link: http://buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT ... waley1.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Both Vajrabodhi and his disciple Amoghavajra also traveled to Sri Lanka to learn and collect Tantric manuals (Mahavairocama sutra especially). So it appears that despite the present reputation of Sri Lanka as a Theravada center, Sri Lanka was well known in medieval and ancient history as a prominent location for Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. Not to mention, even the Lankavatara Sutra is supposed to have been delivered in Sri Lanka.

How and why did Mahayana/Vajrayana become completely extinct in Sri Lanka?
There is some info on this in "A Search for Mahayana in Sri Lanka," by Mahinda Deegalle, JIABS 22 (2) 1999

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Post by Greg » Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:47 am

There is also a good recent dissertation about Śūnyādiśya/Dhyānabhadra/Zhikong that is probably of interest. It's called ‘THE LAST LIGHT OF INDIAN BUDDHISM’ - THE MONK ZHIKONG IN 14TH CENTURY CHINA AND KOREA by Ronald James Dziwenka.

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Post by icylake » Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:54 pm

Hwa an sa temple. ji-kong(Zhi kong)'s sari stupa is here. at the last a few years he went to Yan jing(Bei jing) and lived Fa yuan si temple where build by Korean, after he passed away, his sariras were brought to Korea in 1370 and preserved in a stupa in Hwa am sa temple.
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Post by Greg » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:35 pm

There is also info about Śūnyādiśya in "From Bodhgaya to Lhasa to Beijing: The Life and Times of Sariputra (c 1335-1426), last abbot of Bodhgaya."

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