Category Archives: A Docetic Assessment

Prior to Parinirvāṇa

It is said that Buddhas never actually enter into parinirvāṇa, because they are completely identical to and interfused with the dharmadhātu (of all dharmas; 如來皆入一切法界)(Radich, Immortal Buddha’s and their indestruction). Once interfused with the Dharmadhātu—the Realm of Suchness Itself, what … Continue reading

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Dharmakāya-cum-Vajrakāya

These next two blogs will focus on the realization that the Buddha’s true embodiment is the Dharmakaya; and this Dharmakaya is an “adamant body” (vajrakaya) and absolutely incorruptible. The Buddha is completely immortal, and that his immortality is reflected in … Continue reading

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Right-Side Conception and Birth

Radich writes that there is a problem of maternity concerning the Buddha’s apparent corporeal birth. The MPNMS (Mahāparinirvāṇa-mahāsūtra) says: At times, I show myself entering into my mother’s womb in Jambudvīpa, and let my father and mother think of me … Continue reading

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No Foul-Stench Here

Within Michael Radich’s, The Mahāparinirvāṇa-mahāsūtra and the Emergence of Tathāgatagarbha Doctrine, he makes the case that the Tathāgatagarbha Doctrine can be considered under the lens of a Docetic Buddhology in that the apparent physical appearances of a Tathāgata are inherently deceptive. … Continue reading

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A Docetic Assessment

Firstly, it needs to be stated that what we have is a true scholarly mansion in the contemporary efforts of the Hamburg Buddhist Studies in once again bringing to the fore the vast significance of the tathāgatagarbha doctrine. Our last … Continue reading

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