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 [+-]
Center for Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg
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Bhikkhu Analayo is a Professor at the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg.

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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: 18 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33390. Oct 2019

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