Buddha-nature (as Depicted in the Lankavatara-sutra)

by Nguyen Dac Sy | 2012 | 70,344 words

Summary: This essay is a critical and comparative study on (the thought of) Buddha-nature as it is presented in the Lankavatara-sutra: an ancient Mahayana teaching from the 3rd century CE proclaiming to advocate the noble orthodox teaching of Buddhism. The Lankavatarasutra is presented in the form of a dialogue between Gautama Buddha and the Bodhisattva Mahamati. Prime topics discussed include Yogacara, Buddha-nature, Alayavijnana (the primacy of consciousness) and Atman (Self).

This study has chosen the Lankavatarasutra (as part of the Mahayana Buddhist literature) because the text is extant in versions of Sanskrit, Chinese and other languages. although often associated with Yogacara tradition, this text is more influential in East Asia and the Chan tradition.

Source: shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in

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