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Buddhist Cosmic Unity: An Edition, Translation and Study of the "Anunatvapurnatvanirdesaparivarta"
By Jonathan Silk

Buddhist Cosmic Unity:  An Edition, Translation and Study of the "Anunatvapurnatvanirdesaparivarta" Jonathan Silk


 
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Author: Jonathan Silk
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9783943423228
Publication Date: 2015

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The "Anunatvapurnatvanirdesaparivarta" is a short Mahayana sutra extant in its entirety only in Chinese translation. To judge from its use as a proof-text in the seminal philosophical treatise "Ratnagotravibhaga", which quotes roughly half of the sutra, it is a fundamental scripture expressing ideas about the unitary nature of samsara and nirvana, and each individualís innate capacity for awakening, called in this text and elsewhere 'tathagatagarbha,' 'embryo of the tathagatas.'Although the text has hitherto drawn the attention primarily of Japanese scholars, this is the first critical edition of the sutra, aligning its Chinese text with the available Sanskrit, offering a richly annotated English translation, a detailed introduction which places the work in its historical and doctrinal context, and a number of appendices exploring key notions, providing a reading text shorn of annotation, and enumerating the prolific quotations of the work found in Chinese Buddhist literature. This volume is thus an important contribution to studies of developing Mahayana Buddhism, Buddhist doctrine and the textual history of scriptures.

Buddhist Cosmic Unity, Jonathan Silk, Hardcover, 180 pp, $25.00

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