The Vimalakirti Sutra

The Vimalakirti Sutra

by Burton Watson
     
 

Originally written in Sanskrit, this sutra is one of the most influential works in the Mahayana canon. This beautiful translation of Kumarajiva's popular Chinese version highlights the sutra's frequent touches of humor, the liveliness of its episodes, and its eloquent, orderly exposition of basic Mahayana tenets. Watson includes a brief history of early Buddhism

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Overview

Originally written in Sanskrit, this sutra is one of the most influential works in the Mahayana canon. This beautiful translation of Kumarajiva's popular Chinese version highlights the sutra's frequent touches of humor, the liveliness of its episodes, and its eloquent, orderly exposition of basic Mahayana tenets. Watson includes a brief history of early Buddhism and an introduction to the doctrine of non-dualism, a key tenet in Mahayana thought.

Columbia University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231106573
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/16/2000
Series:
Translations from the Asian Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,342,611
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Burton Watson is one of the world's best-known translators from the Chinese and Japanese. His translations include The Lotus Sutra, Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings, Ryôkan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyô: Poems of a Mountain Home, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century, all published by Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Translator's NoteIntroductionThe Vimalakirti Sutra1 Buddha Lands2 Expedient Means3 The Disciples4 The Bodhisattvas5 Inquiring About the Illness6 Beyond Comprehension7 Regarding Living Beings8 The Buddha Way9 Entering the Gate of Nondualism10 Fragrance Accumulated11 Actions of the Bodhisattvas12 Seeing Akshobhya Buddha13 The Offering of the Law14 EntrustmentGlossary

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