Cover of the Nirvana Sutra
ISBN: 
978-1-886439-46-7
Publisher: 
BDK America
Pages: 
435
Publish Date: 
2013
Format: 
Hardcover
Translator(s): 
Mark L. Blum
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Overview

One of the most influential Buddhist texts in East Asia, the Mahāyāna Mahāparinirvāṇa-sūtra, or Nirvana Sutra, takes the occasion of Śākyamuni Buddha’s last sermon to present a thoroughly Mahāyāna message in which buddhas are mythically eternal yet a constant presence in our temporal world. This is the first of four volumes, with remaining volumes to be announced.

"It would be difficult to overstate the impact of the Nirvana Sutra in East Asian Buddhism."
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Volume 12

The Nirvana Sutra

The Nirvana Sutra deals with the teachings given by Śākyamuni shortly before his death (mahāparinirvāṇa). Nirvāṇa means “extinguishing the flames of passion and attaining the state of enlightenment.” Since Śākyamuni attained enlightenment at the age of 35, he did in fact already enter nirvāṇa at this time. But because it was considered impossible to completely extinguish the passions while retaining a physical body, Śākyamuni’s death came to be called mahāparinirvāṇa, i.e. "the state of great serenity in which the flames of passion have been completely extinguished." The sūtra gives the teachings expounded by Śākyamuni immediately before his death. As it contains episodes relating to events before and after his death, it also has value as historical source material.

Source
Skt. Mahāyāna Mahāparinirvāṇa-sūtra, translated into the Chinese by Dharmakṣema as Da banniepan jing (大般涅槃經). 40 fascicles.

Table of Contents

A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka    NUMATA Yehan    v
Editorial Foreword    MAYEDA Sengaku    vii
Publisher’s Foreword    A. Charles Muller    ix
Translator’s Introduction    Mark L. Blum    xiii

The Nirvana Sutra, Volume I
Fascicle I
Chapter One. Longevity: Part 1    3
Fascicle II
Chapter One. Longevity: Part 2    31
Fascicle III
Chapter One. Longevity: Part 3    69
Chapter Two. The Adamantine Body 91
Chapter Three. The Virtues of the Name 103
Fascicle IV
Chapter Four. The Nature of the Tathāgata: Part 1 107
Fascicle V
Chapter Four. The Nature of the Tathāgata: Part 2 135
Fascicle VI
Chapter Four. The Nature of the Tathāgata: Part 3 169
Fascicle VII
Chapter Four. The Nature of the Tathāgata: Part 4 201
[The Four Inversions] 224
[The Five Parables on Buddha-nature] 226
Fascicle VIII
Chapter Four. The Nature of the Tathāgata: Part 5 235
[The Garland of Letters] 253
Fascicle IX
Chapter Four. The Nature of the Tathāgata: Part 6 271
Fascicle X
Chapter Four. The Nature of the Tathāgata: Part 7 305
Chapter Five. The Query of the Entire Assembly 313

Notes 339
Glossary 365
Bibliography 375
Index 383
A List of the Volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka (First Series) 425

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