The Vimalakirti Sutra / Edition 1

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal for Asian Studies
A new translation of any of the classics . . . from the hand of Burton Watson is an event to be welcomed with gratitude.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231106566
  • Publisher: Perseus (for Columbia University Press)
  • Publication date: 11/14/1996
  • Series: Translations from the Asian Classics Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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.

Columbia University Press

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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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