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A Study of the Avikalpapravesadharani ¿ Its Historical and Doctrinal Implications, with a Comparative Study of its Various Tibetan and Chinese Translations(Chinese Edition)

Tan Xiyong, Shen Weirong, Shao Gongxiong

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Language:Chinese.Author:Tan Xiyong, Shen Weirong, Shao Gongxiong.Binding:Soft Cover. Bookseller Inventory # 1000314

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Avikalpapravesa-dharani is a Mahayana scripture which centres around the theme of entering the realm of non-conceptuality (avikalpa). Throughout history, this scripture was cited in numerous important Buddhist treatises including writings by Sthiramati, Kamalasila, Vimalamitra, gNubs chen Sang rgyas ye shes, Ratnakarasanti, Atisa, Tsong kha pa, and in the early 20th century, Mi pham rgya mtsho. With the recent discovery of the Dunhuang and Khara-Khoto manuscripts complementing the two fragmentary Sanskrit manuscripts extant, the time is ripe for a thorough comparative study using various resources in Chinese and Tibetan.

From the historical perspective, Dr. Shen Weirong and Dr. Henry Shiu provide a historical survey of the role this scripture played in Mahayana Buddhism in India and Tibet. Philologically, the various translations of this scripture are compared to the critical edition of the Sanskrit manuscript by Matsuda Kazunobu. From the doctrinal perspective, Master Tam provides a structural analysis and commentary on the scripture. He elucidates the teachings of dependent-origination in fourfolds as transmitted within rNying ma tradition. He further gives a comparative study focusing on the notion of entering the realm of non-conceptuality by means of the classical tradition of Yogacara Buddhism and the systems of meditation of the rNying ma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Finally, this study also refers to citations of the Avikalpapravesa-dhani as found in the bSam gtan mig sgron. Tam discusses the relationship between these two texts as well as its significance in relation to various Chinese and Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

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Tam Shek-Wing (rDo rje jigs bral) is the founder of STBSA and a visiting professor at the Department of Classics at the Renmin University and Zhejiang University in China. He is also the academic consultant of the Monograph Series in Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies.

Shen Weirong earned his Ph.D. from the University of Bonn in German. His research focuses on providing a scholarly treatment to the Buddhist texts in Dunhuang and Khara Khoto. He is currently the director of the Institute of China Studies at the Renmin University of China, and the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Monograph Series in Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies.

Henry C.H. Shiu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Shiu has focused his research on the doctrinal and historical studies of Mahayana Buddhism in India, China and Tibet, particularly on the tathagatagarbha theory. He also has a research interest in the history of Buddhism in Canada and various forms of Socially Engaged Buddhism in the contemporary world. Shiu is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Monograph Series in Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, published jointly by Renmin University of China, China Tibetology Publishing House, and the Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies Association in North America.

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