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What may be termed Buddhist psychology in the Lanka consists in the analysis of mind, that is, in the classification of the Vijnanas.
There is some evidence of such additions as we can see, for instance, in the conception of the Sambhogakaya verse and of the ninth Vijnana verse 13which are surely of later development.
The Gatha section called “Sagathakam” presents peculiar difficulties. When this is impossible as is the case with the philosophers and ignorant masses, the Garbha is believed sometimes to be a creator karana and sometimes to be an ego-substance atman.
Blessed One, duality was discoursed upon by the Transformed Tathagatas and Tathagatas of Trans-formation, but not by the Tathagatas of Silence. What is the mental state of those who practise the Dhyanas?
From these descriptions it is found natural for Mahayanists psychologically to deny the existence of an ego-soul or ego-substance in the Alaya, and ontologically to insist that the tragedy of life comes from believing in the substantiality or finality of an individual object. Perfect or “perfected” knowledge issues from Prajna, or Aryajnana, or sometimes simply Jnana, seeing into the suchness of things.
The Manovijnana is meant for the objective world where causality prevails as regards forms, appearances, conditions, and figures.
Catalog Record: An index to the Lankavatara sutra (Nanjio | Hathi Trust Digital Library
Bodhisattvas are thus the sons of the Buddha and apply themselves most arduously and most assiduously to the cause of Buddhism. The theory of “mind-only” or cittamatra is the focal point that forms a bridge of sorts between Vedanta and Buddhism — the mind is the fundamental ground condition of reality — serving the same function that Brahman does for advaita Vedanta. David Logan rated it really liked it Jul 06, But when they wish to train beings according to their characters, they assume varieties of forms appearing differently to different beings, and thus there are many titles and appellations of the Buddha as to be beyond calculation asamkhyeya.
The more ordinary expressions given to the highest reality known as Citta are Tathata, “suchness” or “thusness”, Satyata, “the state of being true”, Bhutata, “the state of being real”, Dharmadhatu, “realm of truth”, Nirvana, the Permanent nityaSameness samatathe One advayaCessation nirodhathe Formless animittaEmptiness sunyataetc.
Open Preview See a Problem? By us existence is always divided into pairs of conception, thesis and antithesis, that is, being and non-being, permanent and impermanent, Nirvana and Samsara, birth and death, creating and created, this and that, Me and not-Me, ad libitum. The first three correspond to the two of the Three Svabhavas, Parikalpita and Paratantra, while the last two belong to the Parinishpanna. Well done, indeed, for once more, Mahamati!
At that time it occurred to Ravana: The ultimate aim is to cure them, but as ailments differ medicines and treatments cannot be the same.
To conclude this section, Buddhism is the story of relationship between the two groups of beings: The doctrine of Adhishthana gains all the more significance when we consider the development of Mahayana Buddhism into the doctrine of salvation by faith alone.
They have no intelligence outside zuzuki respective fields of activity.
I thought Uszuki would treat the Sagathakam in a similar manner, by dividing surra whole portion into so wutra groups of verses, each of which is presumably concerned with one theme. But at the same time it is due to the Alaya’s self-purifying nature that there takes place a great catastrophe in it known as “turning-back”.
For after all there is but one highest truth in the Lankaof which all others are so many aspects viewed at various angles of thought. In Sugra Buddhist scholars profoundly learned and endowed with spiritual insights made three or four attempts extending over a period of about two hundred and fifty years to suta an intelligible rendering of the Lankavatara. It is more than seven years now lankavwtara I began the study of the Lankavatara Sutra quite seriously, but owing to various interruptions I have not been able to carry out my plan as speedily as I wished.
As long as one stays in the world of relativity where logic rules supreme, one cannot have even the remotest idea of true emptiness or what is designated in the Prajnaparamita as Mahasunyata. The Mahayana may be said to be the revolt of laymen and laywomen against the ascetic spirit of exclusion pervading among early advocates of Buddhism.
And as this illogical-ness is practically possible, the Mahayana establishes the theory of Mind-only cittamatra. The term “the Middle” madhyamameaning “the Middle Way”, does not occur in the Lanka proper except in its Sagathakam portion. While seemingly monistic in nature, describing the tathagatagarbha as eternal nitya and immutable atmanthis doctrine is ultimately based on emptiness.
In fact, the actual work of world-salvation, we can say, is carried on by these spiritual soldiers under the leadership of the Buddha. It is called the Tathagata; therefore, the Tathagata has his essence, his body in this wisdom. Why, emitting [rays of light], does he remain silent, with the realisation [of the Truth] in his inmost self, and absorbed deeply lajkavatara showing no surprise in the bliss suxuki Samadhi, and reviewing the [ten] quarters, looking around like the lion-king, and thinking only of the discipline, attainment, and performance of Ravana?
Lord of Lanka, when I speak of the real nature of suchness as being real, it also belongs to discrimination; it is like discriminating forms as the ultimate limit.
What again is meant by the unattainability of dharmas? A net of jewels was offered to the Buddha by the younger Suzzuki, girls and boys, and necklaces beautifully ornamented with jewels were placed by Ravana about the neck of the Buddha and those of the sons of the Buddha.
How can this suzhki explained? Israfel Sivad rated it it was amazing May 07, From this viewpoint, all the Vijnanas are evolving and deed-performing Vijnanas except the Alaya which always abides in its self-nature.
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But this does not mean that the whole text as we have it now was then already in existence, for we know that the later translations done in and contain the Dharani and the Sagathakam section which are missing in the one Sung. I have not always followed Nanjo in the reading of the text.
People grasping their own shadows of discrimination 21 uphold the discrimination of dharma and adharma and, failing to carry out the abandonment of the dualism, they go on discriminating and never attain tranquillity, By tranquillity is meant oneness ekagraand oneness gives birth to the highest Samadhi, which is gained by entering into the womb of Tathagatahood, which is the realm of noble wisdom realised in one’s inmost self.
The Buddhist question is thus: The viewing of things from this viewpoint is known as their abandonment.
Studies in the Lankavatara Sutra
How can one perceive errors? If anybody does anything good, its merit is sure to come back to the doer himself—this is the doctrine of Karma; but according to the Mahayana the recipient need not always be the doer himself, he may be anybody, he may be the whole world; merit being of universal character can be transferred upon anything the doer wishes. It is not, however, necessary here for us to enter into details, for the point has been fully dwelt upon in my recent work, Studies in the Lankavatara Sutra.
This may be understood to mean that this section is that part of the Lanka which is made up with the verses, that is to say, the verses taken from the entire text of the Sjtra.