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Highlights from the Mahāparinirvāṇasūtra

Reflecting back upon the introductory blog from this series, along with the analysis of the Self from contemporary scholars like Dr. Tony Page and Dr. Chris Jones, the other salient construct revolved around Shimoda Masahiro’s hypothesis that the early stupa-based … Continue reading

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Darkness at Noon

“If, Śāriputra, there are bhikṣus or bhikṣuṇīs, upāsakas or upāsikās, who entertain one or the other view, the buddhas and tathāgatas are not their teachers, and such people are not my disciples. Even those who claim to be monks and scribes … Continue reading

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The Generation and Cultivation of the Bodhi-Seed

Chapter Six: The True Nature of the Void, Con’t Sariputra said, “[As the spiritual path of] all sentient beings begin as iccantikas (persons blocked from enlightenment). In order to attain the [level of] the tathagatas’ and the tathagatas’ absolute characteristics … Continue reading

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Tathāgatadhyāna

Chapter Five: Accessing the Edge of Reality, con’t Mahabala Bodhisattva asked, “What are the six practices? Please kindly explain.” The Buddha replied, “First is the practice of the ten faiths. Second is the practice of the ten abidings. Third is … Continue reading

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