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Absolute Delusion, Perfect Buddhahood: The Rise and Fall of by Jamie Hubbard

By Jamie Hubbard

Inspite of the typical view of Buddhism as non-dogmatic and tolerant, the historic list preserves many examples of Buddhist thinkers and hobbies that have been banned as heretical or subversive. The San-chieh (Three degrees) used to be a well-liked and influential chinese language Buddhist circulate through the Sui and Tang classes, counting robust statesmen, imperial princes, or even an empress, Empress Wu, between its buyers. In spite, or maybe accurately simply because, of its proximity to strength, the San-chieh circulate ran afoul of the specialists and its teachings and texts have been formally proscribed various occasions over a several-hundred-year historical past. due to those suppressions San-chieh texts have been misplaced and little information regarding its teachings or historical past is obtainable. the current paintings, the 1st English research of the San-chieh move, makes use of manuscripts came upon at Tun-huang to check the doctrine and institutional practices of this flow within the higher context of Mahayana doctrine and perform. by way of viewing San-Chieh within the context of Mahayana Buddhism, Hubbard unearths it to be faraway from heretical and thereby increases vital questions about orthodoxy and canon in Buddhism. He exhibits that a few of the hallmark rules and practices of chinese language Buddhism locate an early and certain expression within the San-chieh texts.

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Overmeyer, Folk Buddhist Religion (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1976); Hue-Tam Ho Tai, Millenarianism and Peasant Politics in Vietnam (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1983); and Millenial Movements in East and Southeast Asia, a special issue of Japanese Religions 23/1–2 (1998). New traditions are also making inroads as the global culture allows wider borrowing of apocalyptic prophecy— see Robert Kisala, “Nostradamus and the Apocalypse in Japan,” Inter-Religio 32 (1997): 47–62; Benoit Vermander, “Religions in Taiwan: Between Mercantilism and Millenarianism,” InterReligio 32 (1997): 63–75.

In this way, this teaching with pure practice will last long and endure for a long time…” (from the D‡gha-nik„ya 3, P„s„dikasutta, 177); see below, 41–48. 33 34 / part two between true and false, demons and Buddha. In the face of the all-inclusive scope of this universal doctrine, Hsin-hsing labeled all attempts to distinguish true from false and the various hierarchies of doctrinal statements as “particular doctrines” (pieh fa ƒÀ) and warned that such attempts at discrimination on the part of beings “blind from birth” would only make matters worse, perhaps even leading to slandering the true by mistaking it for the false.

559c–560a. 788b. absolute delusion, perfect buddhahood / 19 attempt to do so will only bring harm. ” As the Ming pao chi notes, the gist of his teachings is to be found in the complementary practices of seeing all sentient beings in terms of their essential Buddha-nature and therefore universally respecting all while at the same time seeing oneself solely in terms of our basically evil nature. For Hsin-hsing, the medicine dispensed in accord with the afµiction—the afµiction of bias and prejudiced views of reality— means cultivating a variety of contemplative, penitential, liturgical, and ascetic practices, practices that for the most part were staples in the monastic regimen of his day.

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