By John J. Makransky
To input the Mahayana Buddhist route to enlightenment is to hunt either to turn into unfastened from our dualistic, deluded international and to stay actively engaged in that global until eventually all others are loose. How are those it sounds as if contradictory traits to be embodied within the attainment of buddhahood (dharmakaya)? How can one's current perform achieve this? those questions underlie a millennium-old controversy over buddhahood in India and Tibet that facilities round a adored textual content, the Abhisamayalamkara. Makransky exhibits how the Abhisamayalamkara's composite redaction, from Abhidharma, Prajnaparamita, and Yogacara traditions, authorised its interpreters to understand varied features of these traditions as principal in its educating of buddhahood. This enabled Indians and Tibetans to learn very varied views on enlightenment into the Abhisamayalamkara, by which they replied to the questions in startlingly various ways.
The writer exhibits how those views offer alternative routes to solve a logical stress on the center of Mahayana idea, inscribed within the doctrine that buddhahood mockingly transcends and engages our international concurrently. Revealing this stress because the foundation of the Abhisamayalamkara controversy, Makransky indicates its connection to many different Indo-Tibetan controversies revolving round the similar rigidity: disagreements over buddhahood's wisdom, embodiment, and accessibility to beings (in Buddha nature and during the path). Tracing the resource of anxiety to early Mahayana perform intuitions approximately enlightenment, the writer argues that varied views in those controversies convey other ways of prioritizing these perform intuitions.
John J. Makransky is Assistant Professor of Buddhist reports and Comparative Theology at Boston College.
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Buddhahood Embodied: Sources of Controversy in India and Tibet (SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies) by John J. Makransky