The Concept of the Buddha: Its Evolution from Early Buddhism to the Trikaya Theory

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The Concept of the Buddha presents an analysis of one of the fundamental Mahayana Buddhist teachings, namely the three bodies of the Buddha (the trikaya theory), which is considered the foundation of Mahayana philosophy. The author traces the development of the concept of the Buddha from the historical human teacher in early Buddhism to the philosophical concept of three bodies, particularly the sambhogakaya, which is the Buddha endowed with supernatural attributes and qualities. The author's translations from early and middle Mahayana sutras and sastras make newly accessible a wealth of material. This work is an outstanding research text for students and scholars of Mahayana Buddhism and anyone interested in Buddhist philosophy.
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Guang Xing obtained his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London in 2003. He is a research assistant professor at the Centre of Buddhist Studies, the University of Hong Kong. His research interests are Chinese and Mahayana Buddhist studies, particularly the origin of Mahayana.

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Table of Contents

1 The concept of the Buddha in early Buddhism 7
2 The concept of the Buddha in the early Indian Buddhist schools (I) the Sarvastivada 19
3 The concept of the Buddha in the early Indian Buddhist schools (II) the Mahasamghika and other schools 53
4 The origin and development of the dharmakaya 69
5 The origin and development of the Sambhogakaya 101
6 The origin and development of the nirmanakaya 136
7 The attributes of the Buddha and other Buddhas in early and middle Mahayana sutras 147
Conclusion : the five basic stages in the development of the concept of the Buddha 179
App Chronology of Chinese translation of Mahayana sutras and sastras 182
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