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Bodhisattva-caryāvatāra

Entering the Conduct of the Bodhisattvas

Text Section 66

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:

  1. Which author composed it (the treatise)?
  2. Upon which scriptures does it draw?
  3. Under which category is it classified?
  4. What is the brief meaning (of the treatise) from beginning to end?
  5. For whose benefit and for what purpose was it composed?
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