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Akṣayamatinirdesa Sutra

Postby Will » Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:41 pm

Is there a 'Unity' chapter in this sutra? Anyone have a list of the chapter headings?
One should refrain from biased judgments and doubting in fathoming the Buddha and the Dharma of the Buddhas. Even though a dharma may be extremely difficult to believe, one should nonetheless maintain faith in it. Nagarjuna
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Re: Akṣayamatinirdesa Sutra

Postby Norwegian » Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:23 am

I wrote down the following from the table of contents of the book, as presented in Braarvig's translation:

Aksayamatinirdesasutra, Vol II - "The Tradition of Imperishability in Buddhist Thought"

by Jens Braarvig

Solum Forlag, Oslo 1993



CONTENTS

Preface, vii
Bibliography, xi
Introduction, xvii

I. Date of the Aks, xvii
a) Translations of the Aks into Chinese,p xvii
b) The Mahasamnipatasutra and its translation into Chinese, xxv
c) The gradual origination of Mahayana sutras and the position of Aks among related texts, xli

II. The bodhisattva Aksayamati, l
III. Quotations from and references to Aks in later literature, lii
IV. Main ideas in Aks, lviii
Imperishability, lviii
The Unification of Opposites, xciv
V. The Aksayamatinirdesatika, cxvii
VI. Note on the translation, cxxxi

Translation of the Aksayamatinirdesa,p 1(1)

I. The Occcasion, 5
II. Introduction, 17
III. The Root of Religion, 69
1st Imperishable: Generating the Thought of Awakening, 70
IV. The Fruit Thereof, 84
2nd Imperishable: Intention, 84
3rd Imperishable: Practice, 93
4th Imperishable: Determination, 104
V. Bringing About What is Beneficial to Oneself and Others, 114
5th Imperishable: Generosity, 114
6th Imperishable: Morality, 130
7th Imperishable: Tolerance, 144
8th Imperishable: Vigour, 159
9th Imperishable: Meditation, 181
10th Imperishable: Insight, 201
VI. Pity, 342
11th Imperishable: Friendliness, 342
12th Imperishable: Compassion, 353
13th Imperishable: Joy, 362
14th Imperishable: Equanimity, 370
VII. Tools, 377
15th Imperishable: Divine Sight, 377
16th Imperishable: Divine Hearing, 385
17th Imperishable: Knowledge of Others' Thoughts, 392
18th Imperishable: Remembrance of Former Lives, 397
19th Imperishable: Magic, 402
VIII. The Power of Maturing, 409
20th-23rd Imperishable: The Means of Attraction, 409
IX. Attaining the Power of Teaching, 417
24th Imperishable: Knowledge of the Meaning, 417
25th Imperishable: Knowledge of the Moments of Existence, 426
26th Imperishable: Knowledge of Interpretation, 431
27th Imperishable: Knowledge of Eloquence, 434
X. Knowing the Means to That, 440
28th Imperishable: Reliance on Meaning, 440
29th Imperishable: Reliance on Knowledge, 446
30th Imperishable: Reliance on Explicit Scriptures, 449
31st Imperishable: Reliance on the True State of Moments of existence, 452
XI. The Path of Accumulation, 457
32nd Imperishable: Accumulation of Merit, 457
33rd Imperishable: Accumulation of Knowledge, 467
XII. The Path of Practice, 480
34th Imperishable: The Presence of Recollection Concerned with the Body, 481
35th Imperishable: The Presence of Recollection Concerned with Feelings, 489
36th Imperishable: The Presence of Recollection Concerned with Thought, 496
37th Imperishable: The Presence of Recollection Concerned with Moments of Existence, 503
38th-41st Imperishable: Four Correct Eliminations, 510
42nd-45th Imperishable: The Bases of Magical Powers, 520
46th-50th Imperishable: The Five Abilities, 525
51st-55th Imperishable: The Five Powers, 530
XIII. The Path of Vision, 536
56th-62nd Imperishable: The Seven Limbs of Awakening, 536
XIV. The Path of Cultivation, 543
63rd-70th Imperishable: The Holy Eightfold Way, 543
XV. Its Practice, 549
71st Imperishable: Peaceful Meditation, 549
72nd Imperishable: Expanded Vision, 552
XVI. The Stage of Attaining Prediction, 556
73rd Imperishable: Memory, 556
74th Imperishable: Eloquence, 557
XVII. Defining the Attainment of That, 561
75th-78th Imperishable: Summaries of Religion, 561
XVIII. Isolated Awakening, 566
79th Imperishable: The Way Traversed Alone, 566
XIX. Turning the Wheel of Religion, 569
80th Imperishable: Expedient Means, 569
XX. Presenting, 577
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Re: Akṣayamatinirdesa Sutra

Postby Will » Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:36 am

Grateful prostrations :bow: :bow: :bow:

Was this translation from the Chinese?
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Re: Akṣayamatinirdesa Sutra

Postby Norwegian » Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:02 am

The translation is from Tibetan (the Derge Tengyur, and the Narthang Tengyur), with the Chinese Beijing edition being used as reference and cited in a very few instances.
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Re: Akṣayamatinirdesa Sutra

Postby cdpatton » Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:21 pm

Hmm ... It doesn't look as though either of the Chinese translations have chapter divisions. There is a Zhu Fahu translation (T403) and a translation by Zhiyan and Baoyun that is part 12 of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (T397) collection. Is there a passage you're looking for, Will?
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Re: Akṣayamatinirdesa Sutra

Postby Will » Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:33 pm

cdpatton wrote:Hmm ... It doesn't look as though either of the Chinese translations have chapter divisions. There is a Zhu Fahu translation (T403) and a translation by Zhiyan and Baoyun that is part 12 of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (T397) collection. Is there a passage you're looking for, Will?


Not the passage, but the source of the 'Unity Chapter' quoted. Maybe, if not in this Akṣayamatinirdesa Sutra, then the Bodhisattvapitaka or something else?

In Nagarjuna's Vibhasa, ch. 2 a question is asked:

Question: In the Unity Chapter, Akṣayamati Bodhisattva tells Śāriputra:

Every instance of a bodhisattva’s generation of thought qualifies as “profound mind.” In the procession from one ground to another ground, it is known as “the mind that pursues its inclinations.” In the increasing of fine qualities, it is known as “the mind that progresses beyond.” In the realization of unsurpassable endeavors, it is known as “the crowning mind.” In its drawing in of supreme dharmas, it is known as “the unsurpassable mind...”
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Re: Akṣayamatinirdesa Sutra

Postby cdpatton » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:58 pm

Will wrote:
cdpatton wrote:Hmm ... It doesn't look as though either of the Chinese translations have chapter divisions. There is a Zhu Fahu translation (T403) and a translation by Zhiyan and Baoyun that is part 12 of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (T397) collection. Is there a passage you're looking for, Will?


Not the passage, but the source of the 'Unity Chapter' quoted. Maybe, if not in this Akṣayamatinirdesa Sutra, then the Bodhisattvapitaka or something else?

In Nagarjuna's Vibhasa, ch. 2 a question is asked:

Question: In the Unity Chapter, Akṣayamati Bodhisattva tells Śāriputra:

Every instance of a bodhisattva’s generation of thought qualifies as “profound mind.” In the procession from one ground to another ground, it is known as “the mind that pursues its inclinations.” In the increasing of fine qualities, it is known as “the mind that progresses beyond.” In the realization of unsurpassable endeavors, it is known as “the crowning mind.” In its drawing in of supreme dharmas, it is known as “the unsurpassable mind...”


The quote definitely looks like a passage from the Akṣayamatinirdesa. The bulk of it is Akṣayamati lecturing Śāriputra on various Mahayana topics. But I don't see any passages that match this one. These quotes are often paraphrases and it may well be from a version of that sutra that was different from the version that we have in the Taisho. It'd be interesting to see if it's in the Tibetan at all.

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Re: Akṣayamatinirdesa Sutra

Postby Will » Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:58 pm

Charlie,

Not sure what versions Nagarjuna had access to, way back then - Sanskrit and/or Chinese??
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Re: Akṣayamatinirdesa Sutra

Postby cdpatton » Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:55 am

Will wrote:Charlie,

Not sure what versions Nagarjuna had access to, way back then - Sanskrit and/or Chinese??


The question is more which Sanskrit version he was reading at the time. The translations are like snapshots of what someone happened to have at any given time. There were probably version of many texts that are lost to us now. It shows up when you try to track down these kinds of quotations. Sometimes it can be found, sometimes not. I've run into this trying to run down quotes in the Upadesa.

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