By Gadjin M. Nagao

ISBN-10: 0791401871

ISBN-13: 9780791401873

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Important technical phrases utilized in the Mahayana textual culture, whose specified figuring out is vital for the research of Mahayana Buddhism, are skillfully offered, making the ebook imperative to students of Buddhist reports.

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Editor's Introduction
1. The BuddhaÕs traditional and supreme Tooth
Ð John Buescher
2. Ask a Farmer: final research and Conventional
Existence in Tsong kha pa's Lam rim chen mo
Ð man Newland
3. portray the objective: at the identity of the
Object of Negation (dgag bya) Ð Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
4. slicing the Roots of advantage: Tsong kha pa on the
Results of Anger Ð Daniel Cozort
5. Ethics because the foundation of a Tantric culture: Tsong kha pa
and the Founding of the dGe lugs Order in Tibet
Ð Elizabeth Napper
6. Bon rDzogs chen on Authenticity (pramÝna, tshad ma):
Prose and Poetry at the course Ð Anne Carolyn Klein
7. The dGe ldanÐbKaÕ brgyud culture of MahÝmudrÝ:
How a lot dGe ldan? How a lot bKaÕ brgyud?
Ð Roger R. Jackson
8. Demons at the mom: Objections to the Perfect
Wisdom Sñtras in Tibet Ð Gareth Sparham
9. Gung thang and Sa bzang Ma ti Paû chen on the
Meaning of ÒFoundational ConsciousnessÓ
(Ýlaya, kun gzhi) Ð Joe Bransford Wilson
10. Authorship and Literary construction in
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21 Finally it is Vimalaklrti's turn, and while he agreed with all that was voiced by Maiijusrl, he expressed it by maintaining a complete silence. The Ultimate Truth is beyond the reach of verbal designation (prapafzca) or thought-construct (vikalpa). The ineffability (anabhiliipyatva) and inconceivability (acintyatii) of the Truth are descriptions frequently encountered in the Mahayana texts. The word is, as it were, merely a finger pointing at the moon. Just as a person would not see the moon by concentrating on the finger, he would miss Truth completely if he is engrossed in the word.

This fundamental attitude of Zen expresses the same view referred to above concerning the inadequacy of language, but in the most extreme terms. All of these Mahayana schools are founded upon the concept of 'slinyatil' (emptiness) that lies at the core of Nagarjuna's Madhyamic philosophy. Sunyata, furthermore, is described as inexpressible, inconceivable, devoid of designations, and so forth, which links it directly with the present problem of the silence of the Buddha. Of course, sunyata is not limited to the mere negation of language: it represents a much wider but consistent viewpoint that includes, besides other things, the negation of language.

Later, after the monk had left, the Buddha explained to Ananda the reason for this silence. If he had made the affirmation, "atman exists," then it would have meant that he agreed with the same doctrine of atman held by Vacchagotta. The Silence of the Buddha 39 This is not the true doctrine of atman, but a kind of misleading Eternalism (§asvata-viida). On the contrary, if the Buddha had merely replied, "atman exists not," then it would have meant that he accepted a non-atman theory, which also involved a false stand, that is, a Nihilism (uccheda-viida).

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