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Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby Leo Rivers » Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:41 pm

Schmithausen, Lambert, 1987. Alayavijnana: On the origin and the early development of a central concept of Yogacara philosophy, (Studia philologica Buddhica. Monograph series), International Institute for Buddhist Studies.

available via ScribD http://www.scribd.com/#

at http://www.scribd.com/doc/91762486/Alayavijnana


or Mediafire: http://www.mediafire.com/view/?khtuop6nr6jtmdr

Out of Print :crying: - 18 MB pdf :crying:

Mario D’Amato , in his review of Hartmut Buescher’s The Inception of Yogacara-Vijnanavada, introduces Lambert Schmithausen’s masterworks Alayavijnana: On the origin and the early development of a central concept of Yogacara philosophy in this way:

“Briefly, Schmithausen’s aim in his Alayavijnana is to identify the first passage in which the concept of alayavijnana was introduced. Schmithausen specifies two criteria for identifying such a passage: that the exegetical situation presented a problem that could not be addressed with the current models of consciousness, making it inevitable that a new form of consciousness had to be introduced; and that it seems plausible that the term alayavijnana would have been chosen for this new form of consciousness. Schmithausen argues that the problem that makes a new concept inevitable centers on the meditative “attainment of cessation” (nirod- hasamapatti) – a state in which intentional mental events are held to cease, making it difficult, in light of various other Buddhist commitments, to explain how a series of such mental events can then resume for a subject emerging from this state. Schmithausen’s thesis is that the “initial passage” introducing the concept of alayavijnana occurs in the Samahita Bhumi of the Basic Section* of the vast Yogacarabhumi, where the new concept is invoked to address precisely such a problem. Buescher’s aim here, then, is to argue that Schmithausen’s presumed “initial passage” is not actually the earliest extant passage in which alayavijnana was presented.”

For those unfamiliar with the text it is the foundation of the classic Yogacara school of Asangha and Vasubandhu and is the text that the famous Chinese Buddhist master Hsuan-tsang traveled all the way to India to obtain for translation and teaching.

Personally I can recommend this book as one of the classics of Yogacara scholarship, particularly because in discussing the various sections of the Yogacara-bhumi, a kind of Buddhist yoga practitioners encyclopedia, he is pointing out that various sections could've reasonably been the work of pre-Mahayana authors as well as authors who were moving gradually in stages into the Mahayana. This is because Yogacara simply means “yoga virtuoso”. And in arguing each section from different perspectives you literally are engaging in a dialogue of those different points of view using the same words. For someone wanting to learn how to think like one of these Mahayana Buddhist yoga virtuosos, this is a clear and very self explanatory way to explore those depths. :soapbox:



* The Yogacara-bhumi is comprised of the “basic section” of the 17 Bhumi, (which includes the sravaka bhumi, the pratiyikabuddha- bhumi), and the bodhisattva-bhumi), and 4 supplemental texts.
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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby Will » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:35 am

Many thanks Leo :bow: :bow: :bow:
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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby Greg » Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:43 am

Great upload. Thank you sir! This has been unavailable for far too long.
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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby pueraeternus » Fri May 04, 2012 2:41 am



Excellent - thanks Leo!
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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby Greg » Sun May 06, 2012 3:17 am

I suppose it would be terribly presumptuous to hope that Pt 2 is forthcoming.
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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby Leo Rivers » Sun May 06, 2012 3:46 pm

Pt 2


Pt 2
is a complete mystery to me. The library search that got my my rental didn't show a part two. Amazon and web searches all treat "part one" as a singleton book.

Alayavijnana: On the Origin and the Early Development of a Central Concept of Yogacara Philosophy : Reprint with Addenda and Corrigenda
by Lambert Schmithausen
Book - January 2007

I imagine is would be support materials, but a scholarly edition of transliterated Sanskrit text and footnotes are in the first book.

So I am STUMPED. :rolleye:

Got Book 2 of Sravakabhumi for the worldly though. So Part 2s of these thing exist. I suspect he never published that. That happened with Volume 3 of Conze's Memoirs, the "tell all" book. His estate repressed it. (It wasn't in a final form anyway... but it was a draft! ;) )
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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby ratna » Sun May 06, 2012 5:45 pm

Leo Rivers wrote:
Pt 2


Pt 2
is a complete mystery to me. The library search that got my my rental didn't show a part two. Amazon and web searches all treat "part one" as a singleton book.




Pt 2 has all the 1457 endnotes to the main text.
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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby Greg » Sun May 06, 2012 6:32 pm

ratna wrote:
Leo Rivers wrote:
Pt 2


Pt 2
is a complete mystery to me. The library search that got my my rental didn't show a part two. Amazon and web searches all treat "part one" as a singleton book.




Pt 2 has all the 1457 endnotes to the main text.


Yes, it's like this:
Alayavijnana: On the Origin and the Early Development of a Central Concept of Yogacara Philosophy (1987). - Out-of-print. ISBN 4-906267-20-3.
Reprint with Addenda and Corrigenda (2007). 2 volumes. ISBN 978-4-906267-56-9.
Part I: Text. Paper, xi, 241 pages.
Part II: Notes, Bibliograghy and Indexes. Paper, 242-705 pages.
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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby Leo Rivers » Mon May 07, 2012 7:44 am

Part II: Notes, Bibliograghy and Indexes. Paper, 242-705 pages.


My book has 242 pages. The Title page says "Part one:text"

My guess is part two may have never been issued.

That happens more often than you'd think. :roll: The money runs out. A war happens. Someone here must know - or have actually seen part two. :sage:


https://illiad.uoregon.ed only shows the one entry. The book on Vasubandhu's explanation of the Lotus Sutra and the dissertation on the Dasabhumita by CHUN both volumes arrived complete. (Note, when I bought CHUN's dissertation is was bound in one book).
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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby ratna » Mon May 07, 2012 8:33 am

Leo Rivers wrote:My guess is part two may have never been issued.


It exists, I've seen it.

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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby mutsuk » Mon May 07, 2012 11:55 am

Part 2 exists. I've used it at the Institut d'Etudes Tibétaines in Collège de France, Paris. It is also available at the EFEO Library in Paris. Would be great to have a scan of it too.....
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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby Leo Rivers » Mon May 07, 2012 3:04 pm

Would be great to have a scan of it too.....

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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby simhamuka » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:37 am

Leo Rivers wrote:
Would be great to have a scan of it too.....

:meditate: :spy: :meditate:


http://depts.washington.edu/asianll/people/faculty/collett.html Collette Cox used this in her Yogachara class at the University of Washington back in 2007. I had what she gave us as handouts, but I'm not sure it survived my last move. It did have at least some of the end notes, though it was a partial, of course.

I can check.
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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby Leo Rivers » Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:32 pm

Bibliographic information


Title Ālayavijñāna. Pt. 2. Notes, bibliography and indices
Volume 4 of Studia philologica Buddhica: Monograph series
Volume 2 of Ālayavijñāna: On the Origin and the Early Development of a Central Concept of Yogācāra Philosophy, Lambert Schmithausen
Author Lambert Schmithausen
Publisher International Institute for Buddhist Studies, 1987
Original from the University of Virginia
Digitized Aug 7, 2007
ISBN 4906267203, 9784906267200


http://books.google.com/books/about/Ālayavijñāna_Notes_bibliography_and_i.html?id=tfcKAAAAYAAJ
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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby WuMing » Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:03 pm

Hi Leo,

thank you very much for this study.
I polished (clearscan - searchable - about 6mb) it a little and made a new file.

Here you find it:
http://tinyurl.com/onore8w

Thanks again!

PS: Hope you don't mind!
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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby Leo Rivers » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:14 am

THANK YOU.

Searchable, copy and pase for quotes. You have abducted my weekend... at least.
AND only 7 MB. The scans I did were over 100 MB, and clunky.

Again, thanks

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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby mutsuk » Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:08 pm

Fantastic! Thanks a lot ! I hope one day someone will have the time to scan vol.II (fingers crossed...).
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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby Greg » Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:05 am

mutsuk wrote:Fantastic! Thanks a lot ! I hope one day someone will have the time to scan vol.II (fingers crossed...).


I hope so too . . . but I think the problem is not time or will, it is getting a copy.
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Re: Alayavijnana by Schmithausen available

Postby ratna » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:38 pm

mutsuk wrote:Fantastic! Thanks a lot ! I hope one day someone will have the time to scan vol.II (fingers crossed...).


Well here you go: http://www.scribd.com/doc/172066468/Schmithausen-Alayavijn%CC%83ana-Vol-II
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