Archive for 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. Even those who claim to be monks and scribes of the Buddha’s path, if they carry the banner of divisive principles such as the two mistaken views, then they are not upholding the sacred and undivided teachings of the (Buddhadharma); hence, they are not disciples of the Blessed One, Read more [...]

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 Read more [...]

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.  “It is like a lamp, Śāriputra, whose brightness, color and tactile sensation are inseparable and indivisible [from the lamp itself]. Again, it is like a maṇi gem whose characteristics of brightness, Read more [...]

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. The Blessed One is pulling Read more [...]

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. Read more [...]

Absence of Malice

The Anūnatvāpūrṇatvanirdeśaparivarta The Scripture on the Absence of Increase and the Absence of Decrease [in the Realm of Beings]. Thus I heard: At one time the Bhagavat was dwelling in Rājagr̥ha on Mount Gr̥dhrakūṭa, together with a large assembly of one thousand two hundred and fifty bhikṣus, and with an immeasurable, infinite and innumerable number of bodhisattva-mahāsattvas.  At that time, the venerable Śāriputra got up from his seat in the great assembly and Read more [...]

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: “Śāriputra, ultimate is an expression for the Read more [...]
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