Nagarjuna in China

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Nagarjuna in China

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:13 am

A very lame title for an important translation done in 1995 by Brian Bocking; text and commentary run to about 350pp, plus another 100pp of apparatus.

Near the end of Kumarajiva's life he translated Nagarjuna's Madhyamakakarika into Chinese, along with a commentary whose authorship is fuzzy, which seems rooted in the Akutobhaya. Whether the Akutobhaya was actually an auto-commentary by N. on his own work or another author (Aryadeva?) wrote it, the influence was wide and deep. Both this text, the Chung-lun, in China and Buddhapalita's commentary in the Indo-Tibetan arena were influenced by this Akutobhaya earlier commentary.

Just arrived today, so more comments from me will have to await further study. But since it has been out since 1995, others may have views.
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Re: Nagarjuna in China

Post by Zafutales » Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:53 am

Bocking was my tutor at University. Not got around to reading this yet. What were your thoughts?

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Re: Nagarjuna in China

Post by aflatun » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:57 pm

This one has been on my to do list for a very long time, and I likely won't get to it soon, but I look forward to your thoughts!
"People often get too quick to say 'there's no self. There's no self...no self...no self.' There is self, there is focal point, its not yours. That's what not self is."

Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Senses and the Thought-1, 42:53

"Those who create constructs about the Buddha,
Who is beyond construction and without exhaustion,
Are thereby damaged by their constructs;
They fail to see the Thus-Gone.

That which is the nature of the Thus-Gone
Is also the nature of this world.
There is no nature of the Thus-Gone.
There is no nature of the world."

Nagarjuna
MMK XXII.15-16

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Re: Nagarjuna in China

Post by Caoimhghín » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:35 pm

Is this a related translation? I thought you were talking about this document, but this is from the 80s I just noticed.

http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/928/
歸命本覺心法身常住妙法心蓮臺本來莊嚴三身徳三十七尊住心
城遠離因果法然具普門塵數諸三昧無邊徳海本圓滿還我頂禮心諸佛

In reverence for the root gnosis of the heart, the dharmakāya,
for the ever present good law of the heart, the lotus terrace,
for the inborn adornment of the trikāya, the thirty-seven sages dwelling in the heart,
for that which is removed from seed and fruit, the upright key to the universal gate,
for all boundless concentrations, the sea of virtue, the root perfection,
I prostrate, bowing to the hearts of all Buddhas.

胎藏金剛菩提心義略問答鈔, Treatise on the teaching of the gnostic heart of the womb and the diamond, T2397.1.470c5-8

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Re: Nagarjuna in China

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:33 pm

Coëmgenu wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:35 pm
Is this a related translation? I thought you were talking about this document, but this is from the 80s I just noticed.

http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/928/
Yes, often times a thesis is the basis for a book that comes later. So Bocking probably tinkered with it a bit for the book version.
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