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  Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable; The Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines
Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable; The Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines


 
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 1886439303 / 9781886439306
Publication Date: 2004

Product Code: 14576
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The Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable by the Tibetan master Phags-pa, was composed in 1278 as a manual of Buddhism for crown prince Zhenjin, second son of the Mongol emperor Qubilai. Translated into Chinese by Ses-rab dpal (Shaluoba) some time before 1306, the text gives descriptions of the animate and inanimate worlds according to Buddhist cosmology in Fascicle One. Fascicle Two offers a prcis of basic Buddhist teachings, such as the four truths, dependent origination, and the various factors of the Buddhist path. Contemporary sources likely drawn on by the author, Phags-pa, include Vasubandhus Abhidharmakosa, the Abhidharmasamuccaya, the Pancaskandhaka, the Mahynastrlamkara, the Prajnapti-sstra, and Prajnapramit literature. The Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines is based on Xuanzangs seventh-century Chinese translation (Yibuzonglunlun) of the Samayabhedoparacanacakra, an essay by the first century scholar-monk Vasumitra on the various schismatic doctrines that began to arise soon after the Buddhas lifetime. The schism of the original Buddhist sangha led to the formation of a number of different Buddhist schools, and the text gives a brief description of each schools essential tenets and points of doctrine. This important text in Buddhist studies offers insight into the development and doctrines of early Buddhist schools that led eventually to the formation of the Mahayana.
Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable; The Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines, Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research, Hardcover, 2004, 171 pages, $40.00

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