The Sutra That Expounds the Descent of Maitreya Buddha and His Enlightenment and The Sutra of Mañjuśrī’s Questions
ISBN: 
978-1-886439-60-3
Publisher: 
BDK America
Pages: 
175
Publish Date: 
2016
Format: 
Hardcover
Translator(s): 
Shōtarō Iida and Jane Goldstone; John R. McRae
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In a single volume, here are two fascinating works that each in its own way serves as a window into a unique development in Indian Buddhism. The Sutra That Expounds the Descent of Maitreya Buddha and His Enlightenment is an important representation of a number of texts on Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha who is predicted to appear in a distant future. The Sutra of Mañjuśrī’s Questions brings multiple topics to sharp focus, giving voice to key issues among the students of Buddha’s teaching.

Important works in Indian Buddhism
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Two important works in Indian Buddhism. 

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The Sutra That Expounds the Descent of Maitreya Buddha and His Enlightenment

Maitreya Buddha begins to figure in Āgama sutras compiled after the first century C.E. As in this text, Maitreya is most often depicted as a future Buddha, who appears to restore the Dharma after the original teachings have fallen into decline. The sutra is one of three texts that constitute the Maitreya Triple Sutra. 

Source

Skt. *Maitreyavyākaraṇa, translated by Kumārajīva into the Chinese as Mile xiasheng chengfo jing (彌勒下生成佛經).

Translator(s): Shōtarō Iida and Jane Goldstone

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The Sutra of Mañjuśrī’s Questions

This work is said to have been translated into the Chinese during the sixth century C.E., sometime after the most well-known Mahayana scriptures. The range of topics addressed in the text reflect the vibrant state of Indian Buddhism during what was perhaps its most creative period and imparts a lasting impression of the concerns of the Indian Mahayana community. That the topics discussed were to become popular in China, and that no Sanskrit or Tibetan versions exist, raises the question, suggests the English translator John R. McRae, whether the text might have been compiled in China from Indian sources. 

Source

Skt. *Mañjuśrīparipṛcchā, purportedly translated into the Chinese by Saṃghabhadra as Wenshushili wen jing (文殊師利問經). 2 fascicles.

Translator(s): John R. McRae

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


The Sutra That Expounds the Descent of Maitreya Buddha and His Enlightenment
     Translator’s Introduction    [Shōtarō Iida and Jane Goldstone]     5
     The Sutra That Expounds the Descent of Maitreya Buddha and His Enlightenment    13
     Notes    25


The Sutra of Mañjuśrī’s Questions
     Translator’s Introduction    [John R. McRae]     31
     The Sutra of Mañjuśrī’s Questions    35
     Notes    141


Glossary    145
Bibliography    151
Index    153
A List of the Volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka (First Series)    165

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