The Enlightenment of Vairocana
The Enlightenment of Vairocana is a covering for two books that study a famous Buddhist scripture with given Sanskrit titles of Vairocanabhisambodhitantra or Mahavairocanasutra. The first book, by Alex Wayman, translates the second chapter, which contains the body mandala of Vairocana's Compassion, copiously using Buddhaguhya's commentary, study of some other chapters such as the final one on fire lineage, and includes much introductory material, stressing the Indo-Tibetan approach, on such topics as the Dharmadhatu and the deities of the second chapter. The second book, by Ryujun Tajima, translates the first chapter, with the scripture's theory of becoming a Buddha in one life, copiously using Subhakarasimha's commentary, summary of the remaining chapters, and includes introductory material stressing the Sino-Japanese approach, especially introducing the reader to the positions of the Shingon sect.
The two books complement each other, and provide the interested reader with a veritable feast of information. Hopefully the reader will appreciate the beauty of religious message, and the efforts of the two authors to render the words of the scripture sensitively and carefully. It should be admitted that this is a profound Buddhist scripture with numerous well-crafted verses, and that it is resistent to the understanding, requiring lengthy attention for its penetration.
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according appears arise attain B-comm become beginning Bhagavat Bodhisattva body Buddha Buddhaguhya Buddhist called cause Chap chapter character Chinese cited color commentary Complete contemplation Dainichikyo deities Dharmadhātu dharmas directions disciple doctrine draw earth edition elements Enlightenment esoteric explains fire five follows four given gives hand heart Heart of Bodhi Hence homa hundred ibid imagines India initiation Japanese kalpa kinds knowledge later letters lotus Mahāyāna mandala mantras Master means mentioned mind mudrā mundane Mysteries nature object offering omniscient original perfection person practice present pure rank realizes realm recitation refers rite samādhi Sanskrit says scripture Secret sense sentient Shingon shows siddhi space Speech Stage Sūtra syllables Taisho Tathāgata teaching term theory third Tibetan Tibetan version tradition translation true Vairocana vajra Vajrapāņi various verses voidness wisdom
Sida 113 - The Buddhist Tantras; Light on Indo-Tibetan Esotericism (Samuel Weiser, New York, 1973), pp.
Sida 112 - Buddhism", now reprinted in Buddhist Insight; Essays by Alex Wayman, ed. by George R. Elder (Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 1984).
Sida 37 - Bhagavat in the pure abode (suddhdvdsa) was seated on a lion throne formed by the Bodhisattvas of the tenth stage who had magically transformed themselves into lions, then without being asked by his retinue he expounded the rite of the hundred syllables of the Tathagata (tathdgata-iatdksara-vidhi) together with its benefits.
Sida 172 - Sakyas, rose in the air and performed the miracle of pairs : flames of fire came from the upper part of his body and streams of water from the lower part. Then the process was reversed. Next fire came from the right side of his body and water from the left, and so on through twentytwo variations of pairs.
Sida 81 - A Report on the Aksayamatinirdesa-sutra (Buddhist Doctrinal History, Study 2)," Studies in Indo-Asian Art and Culture, Vol. 6, ed. by Lokesh Chandra (International Academy of Indian Culture, New Delhi, Oct.
Sida 76 - To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heav'n in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.
Sida 37 - Scripture of the lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma, pp. 62, 71. 90 The two lines are quoted in Kuan Hsiu's biography, Sung kao-seng chuan, san-chi, Ch. 30, p. 1Oa; Chavannes and Levi, pp. 303-304. This text has "wine
Sida 204 - Dowson, John. A Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology and Religion. Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1950.
Sida 343 - Mahavairocanabhisambodhi-vikurvati-adhisthana-vaipulya-sutra-indraraja-namadharmaparyaya rNam par snang mdzad chen po mngon par rdzogs par byang chub pa rnam par sprul ba byin gyis rlob pa shin tu rgyas pa mdo sde'i dbang po rgyal po zhes bya ba'i chos kyi rnam grangs P126, Vol. 5 "Mother of Victors...
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