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  Holy Teachings of Vimalakirti; A Mahayana Scripture
By: Thurman, Robert




 
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Author: Thurman, Robert
Format: Hardcover

Product Code: 5466
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Called the "Jewel of the Mahayana Sutras," this book presents the major teachings of Mahayana Buddhism in a precise, dramatic, and even humorous form. For two millennia this Sutra has enjoyed immense popularity among Mahayana Buddhists in India, central and southeast Asia, Japan, and especially China, where its incidents were the basis for a style in art and literature prevalent during several centuries.
Vimalakirti, although an Indian, can be considered the first Zen Master- apart from the Buddha himself- as he specializes in a type of discourse that is subtle, in a lucidity that balances on the razor's edge of paradox and yet is quite logically coherent. His message is particularly appealing to our secular age, because he was a man of the world, not a monk or saint. In essence, Vimalakirti clears up the confusions surrounding the central Buddhist concept of emptiness, or voidness- presenting it not as nihilism but rather, in the translator's words, "as the joyous and compassionate commitment to living beings from an unwavering confrontation with the inconceivable profundity of ultimate reality."

Holy Teachings of Vimalakirti; A Mahayana Scripture, Robert A.F. Thurman, Motilal Banarsidass, Hardcover, 166 pages, $15.00

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