The Thought of the Decline of Dharma based on the Sutra of Ananda's Seven Dreams

 
9781448638796: The Thought of the Decline of Dharma based on the Sutra of Ananda's Seven Dreams

The Sutra of Ananda's Seven Dreams is an ancient little-known text which Ananda experienced a series of seven symbolic dreams. Of the seven, six dreams are so-called the symbols of the Buddhist eschatology, which illustrate the fall of Buddhism. Are those dreams really the symbols of Buddhist eschatology? Alternatively, is there something more to them? The purpose of this paper is to provide a detailed analytical study of this sutra. In addition, as there is no complete English translation available, this paper presents an English translation and an associated contemporary interpretation based on my hermeneutics. Lastly, with an overview of the development of various Buddhist schools and general measures (together with contemporary examples for illustration) taken regarding these prophecies, this paper aims to demonstrate that the prophecies within those dreams is certainly a skillful mean to inspire, motivate and unite Buddhists.

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