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Khenpo Kunpal here applies the second method of analysis that developed at Nālandā to the Bodhisattva-caryāvatāra. As the Bodhisattva-caryāvatāra is not the direct words of the Buddha [bka’] but a treatise [bstan bcos, skr. śāstra] on the Buddha’s teachings, Khenpo Kunpal’s commentary on it has to follow the ‘five types of preliminary assessment’ [rtsis ’go yan lag lnga] according to the Nālandā tradition.
When someone composed or taught a treatise at Nālandā on the words of the Buddha, his composition was subjected to five questions:
- Which author composed it (the treatise)?
- Upon which scriptures does it draw?
- Under which category is it classified?
- What is the brief meaning (of the treatise) from beginning to end?
- For whose benefit and for what purpose was it composed?