Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings - Studies in Memory of L.S. Cousins - Naomi Appleton

Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings - Studies in Memory of L.S. Cousins - Naomi Appleton

9. An Ekottarika-āgama Discourse Without Parallels: From Perception of Impermanence to the Pure Land

Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings - Studies in Memory of L.S. Cousins - Naomi Appleton

Bhikkhu Analayo [+-]
Barre Centre for Buddhist Studies
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Bhikkhu Anālayo completed a Ph.D. thesis on the Satipaṭṭhanasutta at the University of Peradeniya in the year 2000 and a habilitation thesis at the University of Marburg in the year 2007, comparing the Majjhimanikaya discourses with their Chinese, Sanskrit, and Tibetan counterparts. The main focus of his more than 400 publications is on comparative studies of 30 early Buddhist texts. He recently retired from a position as a professor at the University of Hamburg and currently resides at the Barre Centre for Buddhist Studies in the USA, where he spends most of his time in meditation.

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With the present paper I study and translate a discourse in the Ekottarikaāgama preserved in Chinese of which no parallel in other discourse collections is known. This situation relates to the wider issue of what significance to accord to the absence of parallels from the viewpoint of the early Buddhist oral transmission. The main topic of the discourse itself is perception of impermanence, which is of central importance in the early Buddhist scheme of the path for cultivating liberating insight. A description of the results of such practice in this Ekottarika-āgama discourse has a somewhat ambivalent formulation that suggests a possible relation to the notion of rebirth in the Pure Abodes, suddhāvāsa. This notion, attested in a Pāli discourse, in turn might have provided a precedent for the aspiration, prominent in later Buddhist traditions, to be reborn in the Pure Land.

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Analayo, Bhikkhu. 9. An Ekottarika-āgama Discourse Without Parallels: From Perception of Impermanence to the Pure Land. Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings - Studies in Memory of L.S. Cousins. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 145-154 Oct 2019. ISBN 9781781798928. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=33390. Date accessed: 31 May 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33390. Oct 2019

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