The Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable
This work was written in the Yüan Period by the Tibetan ’Phags-pa for the then Chinese Crown Prince as an outline of Buddhist thought, and deals with such subjects as the Buddhist view of life and Buddhist cosmology. The teachings set forth are based on the whole on the Abhidharmakośa-bhāṣya (Taisho 51), but there are also to be found ideas unique to this work. The title, Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable, implies that all teachings which it is necessary to know are made clear by the contents of the work.
Composed by ’Phags-pa. Translated into the Chinese by Sha-lo-pa as Zhang suozhi lun (彰所知論). 2 fascicles.
The Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines
This work describes the course of the so-called “Basic Schism” of Buddhism into the Theravāda and Mahāsaṃghika Schools, which took place over 100 years after the death of Śākyamuni, and the subsequent division of the Hīnayāna into 20 minor sects. It is written from the standpoint of one of those sects, the Sarvāstivādins, but also describes in detail the doctrinal characteristics of the others. This work is thus not only indispensable in the study of the history of sectarian division in Buddhism, but, when one considers that the majority of extant doctrinal treatises of Hīnayāna belong to the Sarvāstivādins, it is also an invaluable source of material in the elucidation of the tenets of sects other than the Sarvāstivādins.
Skt. Samayabhedoparacanacakra by Vasumitra. Translated into the Chinese by Hsüan-tsang as Yibuzonglun lun (異部宗輪論). 1 fascicle.