Cover of The Scripture on the Explication of Underlying Meaning
ISBN: 
1-886439-10-9
Publisher: 
BDK America
Pages: 
248
Publish Date: 
2000
Format: 
Hardcover
Translator(s): 
J. Keenan
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This influential sutra expounds the thought of the Yogācāra (Mind-Only or Consciousness-Only) School (Vijñānavāda), stating that all phenomena are manifestations of the mind. Complete in one volume.

Influential sutra of Mind-Only Buddhism
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Taishō 676

Volume 16

The Scripture on the Explication of Underlying Meaning

The basic sūtra of the Faxiang School, The Scripture on the Explication of Underlying Meaning expounds the thought of the Yogācāra or Mind-Only School (Vijñānavāda), stating that all phenomena are manifestations of the mind. It belongs to the middle period of Indian Mahāyāna Buddhism and is considered to have been composed at the start of the fourth century A.D. It is divided into eight chapters, and gives a detailed exposition of the philosophy of the Yogācāra School. Judging from the fact that the greater part of this sūtra is quoted in the Yogācārabhūmi (Taishō 53), and that numerous citations from it are to be found in such works as the Mahāyānasaṃgraha (Taishō 57) and Jō-yui-shiki-ron (Taishō 54), it is clear that it exerted considerable influence in later times.

Source
Skt. Saṃdhinirmocana-sūtra. Translated into the Chinese by Xuan Cang as Jie shenmi jing (解深密經). 5 fascicles.

Table of Contents

A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka     NUMATA Yehan    v
Editorial Foreword     MAYEDA Sengaku      vii
Publisher's Foreword      Kenneth K. Inada      ix


Translator's Introduction     John P. Keenan   1

The Scripture on the Explication of Underlying Meaning

Chapter I       Thus Have I Heard   7

Chapter II      The Descriptive Marks of the Truth of Ultimate Meaning    11

Chapter III     The Descriptive Marks of Mind, Thought, and [Sense] Consciousness     27

Chapter IV     The Characteristic Patterns of All Things    31

Chapter V      The Absence of Essence    35

Chapter VI      The Analysis of Centering    51

Chapter VII     The Stages and Perfections    77

Chapter VIII    The Duty Accomplishment of a Tathāgata    99


Notes    113
Glossary   117
Bibliography   119
Index     121
A List of the Volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka (First Series)

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