Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

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Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:21 pm

Rulu's latest translation, which is from the Bodhisattva-bhumi of Maitreya:

http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra31.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

Post by Malcolm » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:29 pm

Will wrote:Rulu's latest translation, which is from the Bodhisattva-bhumi of Maitreya:

http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra31.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

That would be Asanga, actually.
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Re: Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

Post by Astus » Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:33 pm

Very interesting. Thanks for the notification Will.
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.


1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"

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Re: Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:48 pm

Namdrol wrote:
Will wrote:Rulu's latest translation, which is from the Bodhisattva-bhumi of Maitreya:

http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra31.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

That would be Asanga, actually.
Not in the Chinese tradition; they consider Maitreya the source/dictator/inspiration. See Rulu's note #2.
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Re: Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:53 pm

Questions regarding these abound, for example number 12:
12. Failing to Guard against Criticism
Suppose a Bodhisattva, ignoring its severity, fails to guard against, or clear him of, criticism or slander. If it is because he has faults and fails to correct them, it is called a transgression...
Should "him" be "himself"? Does this verse mean a bodhisattva should repair his faults when pointed out; but not protest against the criticism?
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Re: Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

Post by davidchatman » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:39 am

good. Its interesting :)

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Re: Book of Bodhisattva Precepts

Post by mudra » Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:26 pm

Will wrote:
Namdrol wrote:
Will wrote:Rulu's latest translation, which is from the Bodhisattva-bhumi of Maitreya:

http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra31.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

That would be Asanga, actually.
Not in the Chinese tradition; they consider Maitreya the source/dictator/inspiration. See Rulu's note #2.

Interesting. In the Indian (and subsequently the Tibetan tradition) Arya Asangha spent 12 years meditating on Maitreya. In these traditions the Bodhisattva-bhumi was definitely written by Arya Asangha but obviously inspired by Maitreya from whom he received many teachings, including the explanation of the Heart Sutra. I wonder why the Chinese tradition ignores that?

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