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Mahavairocana-Sutra (A. D. 725)

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Mahavairocana-Sutra (A. D. 725)
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Item Code: IDI597
Author: Chikyo Yamamoto
Publisher: International Academy of Indian Culture and Aditya Prakashan
Language: (Translated into English Ta-p' I-lu-che-na ch'eng-fo shen-pien chian-ch' ih ching the Chinese versio
Edition: 2009
ISBN: 8185179468
Pages: 256
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 10.9" X 8.5"


The Mahavairocan-abhisambodhi-vikurvit-adhisthana-vaipulya-sutra was translated into Chinese by Subhakarasimha and I-hsing in A. D. 725 in the Ta-fu-hsien monastery at Tung-tu. Its Chinese title is: Ta-p'i-lu-che-na-ch'eng-fo shen-pien Chia-ch'ih ching. in Japanese pronunciation it reads: Daibirushana-Jobutsu-jimben-kaji-kyo (T848). This title was translated by Nanjio as "Sutra on Mahavairocana's becoming Buddha and the supernatural formula called yugandhara (? Lit. adding-holding)" (Nj 530). The terms can now be clarified with the help of the Sanskrit title preserved in the Tibetan Kanjur: becoming Buddha (jobutsu) = abhisambodhi
supernatural formula (jimben) = vikurvita yugandhara (lit. adding-holding) (kaji) = adhisthana.
The Tibetan translation was done by Silendrabodhi and Dpal-brtsegs under the title: Rnam-par-snan-mdzad-chen-po mnon-par-rdzogs-par-byan-chub-pa rnam-par-sprul-pa byin-gyis-rlob-pa- sin-tu-rgyas-pa mdo-sdehi dban-pohi rgyal-po zhes-bya-bahi chos-kyi-rnam-grans, a translation of the original Sanskrit title: Mahavairocan-abhisambodhi-vikurvit-adhisthana-vaipulya-sutrendraraja nama dharma-paryaya. In the Chinese text certain passages echo the word sutrendra-raja. It is noteworthy that the Enlightenment of Vairocana is abhisambodhi with the prefix abhi-in the sense of intensifying the action implied in the basic word Bodhi. It denotes the highest enlightenment, that is, a more evolved concept of Bodhi. Abhisambodhi is specifically applied to Vairocana of the carya-tantras. He is the Abhisambodhi-Vairocana, in contradistinction to the Vajradhatu-Vairocana. The reconstruction of the Chinese Hung-kuang-hsien-yao-p'u-ti-fo as Vairocanabhisambodhi by Walter Eugene Clark (Two Lamaistic Pantheons 1937:II. 150/5M5) has to be corrected to Abhisambodhi-Vairocana. In the Sino-Japanese tradition the new tern Garbhadhatu-Vairocana was coined for him.


    Preface vii
Scroll Chapter    
1 1 Performing the deed of mantra and dwelling in the mind of bodhi (enlightenment) 1
  2 Accessories and mantras necessary to approach the mandala 13
2 2 (contd.) 27
  3 The cessation of hindrances 41
  4 The depository of common mantras 43
3 5 Accomplishments in the world 71
  6 The manifestation of siddhi 72
  7 The accomplishment of siddhi 83
  8 The practice of mandalas by turning the wheel of letters 85
4 9 The mystic mudras 91
5 10 The cycle of letters (aksara-cakra) 121
  11 The esoteric mandala 126
  12 The rite of entering the mystic mandala 138
  13 Entering the positions of mystic mandala 139
  14 The eight mystic mudras 141
  15 Forbidden observances of vidyadharas 144
  16 The true wisdom of the acarya 146
  17 The disposition of letters 148
6 18 Receiving the expedient and learning the discipline 150
  19 What is produced by the hundred letters 154
  20 Effect that corresponds to the hundred letters 155
  21 Accomplishing the position of the hundred letters 157
  22 Recitation for attainment by the hundred letters 159
  23 The mantradharma of the hundred letters 162
  24 Explaining the quality of bodhi 163
  25 The three samayas 164
  26 Explaining the term Tathagata 166
  27 The mundane and supra-mundane homa rites 167
  28 Explanation of the Samadhi of the main sacred one (honzon) 170
  29 Explanation of the formless (nirlaksana) samadhi 171
  30 The mundane and supra-mundane recitation 172
  31 Entrusting in continuity 173
7 32 (1) The discipline of the conduct of mantas in the samaya-dharma of the adoration-recitation 175
  33 (2) The increase of advantage and the protection of pure conduct 179
  34 (3) The rite of adoration 183
  35 (4) The rule of remembrance and recitation 190
  36 (5) The action of the mantra 195


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