SUNY Press, 01.01.1991 - 205 Seiten
This volume presents the first book-length study in English of the concept of Buddha nature as discussed in the Buddha Nature Treatise (Fo Xing Lun), attributed to Vasubandhu and translated into Chinese by Paramartha in the sixth century. The author provides a detailed discussion of one of the most important concepts in East Asian Buddhism, a topic little addressed in Western studies of Buddhism until now, and places the Buddha nature concept in the context of Buddhist intellectual history. King then carefully explains the traditional Buddhist language in the text, and embeds Buddha nature in a family of concepts and values which as a group are foundational to the development of the major indigenous schools of Chinese Buddhism. In addition, she refutes the accusations that the idea of Buddha nature introduces a crypto-Atman into Buddhist thought, and that it represents a form of monism akin to the Brahmanism of the Upanisads. In doing this, King defends Buddha nature in terms of purely Buddhist philosophical principles. Finally, the author engages the Buddha nature concept in dialogue with Western philosophy by asking what it teaches us about what a human being, or person, is.
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The Concept of Buddha Nature
Soteriology Buddha Nature as the Practice of Buddhism
Dereification of Self and Mind
Ontology Monism vs Nondualism
Engaging in Spiritual Cultivation
Buddha Nature and the Concept of Person
Retrospective and Prospective
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action active acts affirmation ālaya-vijñāna āśrayaparāvrtti attain basis bodhisattva Buddha nature Buddha nature thought Buddhahood Buddhist practice called cause Chapter characteristic Chinese complete concept condition constituted correct cultivation defilements deluded delusion Dharma dharmakāya discussion doctrine emptiness enlightenment essence essential eternity example existence existential experience expressed false final follows foundation four freedom fruit functions given gives hence human idea identified important impure indicate jing kind knowledge language latter liberation mahākaruņā Mahāyāna manifest meaning mind mode nonbeing nondualism objective one's ordinary own-nature Paramārtha pāramitā passage Path perfection person phenomenal philosophy positive possess prajñā present principle produce pure purity question reality realization realm relative represents samsāra seen sense sentient speak stage suffering Tathāgata tathāgatagarbha teachings term theme theory things Thusness tradition transformation translation true truth ultimate understanding universal virtues wisdom xing Yogācāra zhen
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