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Vasubandhu's Treatise on the Bodhisattva Vow: A Discourse on the Bodhisattva's Vow and the Practices Leading to Buddhahood

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This is a treatise on the meaning of "The Sutra on Generating the Resolve to Become a Buddha." It was written by the famous early Indian shastra master and bodhisattva, Shramana Vasubandhu (ca 300 ce). In this text, Vasubandhu discourses on the causality behind the origination of the bodhisattva vow (bodhicitta) and on each of the six perfections through which that vow reaches its fruition in buddhahood.

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Overview

This is a treatise on the meaning of "The Sutra on Generating the Resolve to Become a Buddha." It was written by the famous early Indian shastra master and bodhisattva, Shramana Vasubandhu (ca 300 ce). In this text, Vasubandhu discourses on the causality behind the origination of the bodhisattva vow (bodhicitta) and on each of the six perfections through which that vow reaches its fruition in buddhahood.

This volume includes facing-page source text in both traditional and simplified scripts, variant-readings from other editions, and translator's notes.

The translation is by the American monk, Bhikshu Dharmamitra, a translator of numerous important classic Buddhist works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935413097
  • Publisher: Kalavinka Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Clarity of Exposition by a Buddhist Yogi of the Path of the Bodhisattva

    Asanga and his half brother Vasubandhu reinvigorated Mahayana Buddhism in India. Asanga, by receiving the 5 books of Maitreya from his teacher, Vasubandhu by composing The Treasury of Abhidharma (Skt. Abhidharmakosha), the encyclopedia of the Hinayana Vehicle, then evolved systematically into the Mahayana Yogachara view championed by his brother with the "Thirty Stanzas on the Mind" (Trimsikavijñapti-karika) and other classic exposition of Yogacara clarity.

    Where as Shantideva's "Guide to the Bodhisattva Path" is a deeply personal exhortation to practice using the 6 perfections as a framework, the "Treatise on the Bodhisattva Vow" is a detailed step by step explanation of the Stages and Grounds of the Path in a concise outline with amazing detail, yet spoken form the personal experience of the mediator. They are the perfect compliments - both do different jobs, and do them well.

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