Monthly Archives: November 2016

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. read more

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The Embryo of the Tathāgatas

“Once again, Śāriputra, as I expounded earlier, within the realm of beings too there are three types of natures. All are true thusness, not distinct and not [mutually] separate. What are the three natures? 1. The nature that is the embryo of the tathāgatas which from the very beginning is in its intrinsic nature associated [with it] and is pure. 2. The nature that is the embryo of the tathāgatas which from the very beginning is in its intrinsic nature un-associated [with it] and, being covered with defilements, is unpurified. 3. The nature that is the embryo of the tathāgatas which is equal to the future limit (of saṁsāra), constant, and existing.  read more

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The Tathāgata’s Dharma-body

“As I have expounded, Śāriputra, the meaning of the dharma-body is inseparable from, indivisible from, not cut-off from, not different from the inconceivable qualities definitive of a buddha, greater in number than the sands of the Ganges, [namely,] the merits and insight of a tathāgata.  read more

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The Quintessence of Being

“These two views, Śāriputra, are nothing other than the teaching of fundamental great calamity brought about by extreme evil. On the basis of these two views, Śāriputra, [beings] give rise to all views. All these views and
those two views are inseparable, like a gauze net. ‘All views’ means all sorts
of views, of inner and outer, gross and subtle, and in-between, that is, it refers to the view that there is increase and to the view that there is decrease. read more

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The Desecration of Nirvana

“Once again, Śāriputra, on the basis of the view that there is decrease, these beings further entertain three types of views. These three types of views and that view that there is decrease are inseparable, like [the threads of] a gauze net. What are the three views? 1. The view of annihilation, that is, that there is absolute exhaustion. 2. The view that there is extinction, that is, precisely nirvāṇa. 3.The view that there is no nirvāṇa, that is, that this nirvāṇa is absolute quiescence. These three types of views, Śāriputra, fetter [beings] in this way, grasp [beings] in this way, and cling [to beings] in this way. read more

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Absence of Malice

The Anūnatvāpūrṇatvanirdeśaparivarta
The Scripture on the Absence of Increase and the Absence of Decrease [in the Realm of Beings]. read more

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Anūnatvāpūrṇatvanirdeśaparivarta


Birth of a Supernova by Laisk Serg

The Anūnatvāpūrṇatvanirdeśaparivarta is one of the Tathāgatagarbha Scriptures; a short Mahayana Sūtra that is extant only in a Chinese translation. Its value is worth its weight in dragon pearls as even the great Ratnagotravibhāga utilizes it as a proof text, quoting roughly half of the Sūtra. Generally, it expounds upon the unitary nature of the tathāgatagarbha, dharmakāya, and the sattvadhātu: read more

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