A Study of the Buddhabhūmyupadeśa: The Doctrinal Development of the Notion of Wisdom in Yogācāra Thought
561pp. December 2014
A Study of the Buddhabhūmyupadeśa: The Doctrinal Development of the Notion of Wisdom in Yogācāra Thought
Author: Keenan, John P.;
In this volume John Keenan provides access to an otherwise largely unstudied Mahāyāna text, the Buddhabhūmi-sūtra, along with two commentaries that interpret the sūtra in terms of Yogācāra thought: the Buddhabhūmivyākhyāna by Śīlabhadra, extant in Tibetan, and Bandhuprabha’s Buddhabhūmyupadeśa from the Chinese, which expands on Śīlabhadra’s text with additional explanation. Due to the influence of these two commentaries, the Buddhabhūmisūtra has traditionally been considered a Yogācāra text. In the course of his studies Keenan has come to understand this sūtra as an important part of the Indic literature of Pure Land Buddhism. His approach to the text thus provides a more expansive understanding of the historical origins of Pure Land thought and practice, as well as highlighting the interpretive processes through which sūtra texts can be mined for a variety of different meanings. This important study offers a resource for developing contemporary interpretations of Pure Land teachings.
Author: Keenan, John P.;
John P. Keenan, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Middlebury College, Vermont, has contributed to the understanding of Buddhism and to the deepening of Christian theology by seeking to answer theological questions from a Buddhist perspective. The author of numerous essays, he has published several works on the interface between Christianity and Buddhist thought. His translations The Scripture on the Explication of Underlying Meaning (2000), The Interpretation of the Buddha Land (2002), and The Summary of the Great Vehicle (2003, revised second edition) appear in the BDK Tripitaka Translation Series.
Introduction Part I. The Context of Indian BuddhismChapter 1. The Commonsense Understanding of the Nikāyas and the ĀgamasChapter 2. Abhidharma: The Rise of TheoryChapter 3. Prajñāpāramitā: The Rise of Mystic Consciousness Chapter 4. Mādhyamika: The Notion of EmptinessChapter 5. Tathāgatagarbha: Beyond Abhidharma and Mādhyamika Chapter 6. Yogācāra: The Context of Interiority Chapter 7. The Initial Yogācāra Statement Chapter 8. The Place of the Mahāyānasūtrālaṃkāra Chapter 9: The Classical Formulation of Yogācāra by Asaṅga and Vasubandhu Chapter 10. An Alternative Yogācāra Synthesis: The Mind of Original PurityChapter 11. Dignāga’s Critical Epistemology Chapter 12. Dharmapāla’s Lineage Part II. Analysis of the Buddhabhūmi TextsChapter 13. The Buddhabhūmi-sūtra Chapter 14. The Buddhabhūmyupadeśa The Buddhabhūmyupadeśa: An Annotated TranslationPreface Introduction
The Arising of the Teaching
Chapter 1. The Arising of the Teaching
Chapter 2. The Merits of the Pure Land
Chapter 3. The Buddha’s Merits
Chapter 4. The Merits of the Bhagavān’s Retinue
Chapter 5. The Distinction between Bodhi and Nirvana in Regard to the Mahāśrāvakas
Chapter 6. The Merits of the Bodhisattvas
The Content of the Teaching
Chapter 7. An Analysis of the Five Bodhidharmas
Chapter 8. Pure Dharmadhātu
Chapter 9. Mirror Wisdom
Chapter 10. Equality Wisdom
Chapter 11. The Wisdom of Intellectual Mastery
Chapter 12. The Wisdom of Duty Fulfillment
The Practice Based on the Teaching
Chapter 13. The Experience of Wisdom
Chapter 14. The Concluding Verses
Chapter 15. Bandhuprabha on Trikāya