Dawn of the Bodhisattva Path: The Early Perfection of Wisdom
238pp. December 2014
Dawn of the Bodhisattva Path: The Early Perfection of Wisdom
Author: Fronsdal, Gil;
The early history of the Mahāyāna movement has drawn a great deal of attention from scholars over the last half century. Among the various suggestions made about its origins are that it was initially a lay movement, a path of greater stringency for monastics, a stūpa cult, a practice of forest recluses, or even the result of influences from outside the Buddhist tradition. In this study Gil Fronsdal examines the Daoxing jing, a second-century Chinese translation of the Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Lines. The Daoxing jing is the earliest version of the Perfection of Wisdom scripture, one of the most important foundational texts of the Mahāyāna movement. In this study Fronsdal challenges many contemporary presumptions, including those about the characteristics of the aspiration for buddhahood and what it means to be a bodhisattva, and offers insight into the early formation of a strain of thought and practice that contributed to what eventually became the Mahāyāna as we know it today.
Author: Fronsdal, Gil;
Gil Fronsdal, Ph.D. (Stanford University 1998) provides guidance to the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California, and the Insight Retreat Center near Santa Cruz, California. His experience in both the Zen and Theravāda traditions gives him a unique perspective on Buddhist practice and teachings. He has been instrumental in the establishment of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, including its Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, Redwood City, California, and also serves on the faculty of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, California, with a focus on the Theravāda studies program.
Foreword by Richard K. Payne
Preface by Gil Fronsdal
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Sources and Methodology
Chapter 3. The Elusive Mahāyāna
Chapter 4. The Scholarly Study of the Mahāyāna
Chapter 5. The Bodhisattva Ideal and Its Literary Context
Chapter 6. Revelatory Origins of the Bodhisattva Sūtras
Chapter 7. The Daoxing jing as Literary Text
Chapter 8. The Aspiration for Buddhahood in the Daoxing jing
Chapter 9. Stages of the Bodhisattva Path
Chapter 10. Prediction