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Publisher:Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Published In:2010
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:1.49 lbs
Pages:pp. xxxviii + 316, Index, Appendices, Notes, Biblio.

The Title "The Buddha Nature A Study of the Tathagatagarbha and Alayavijnana Reprint" is written by Brian Edward Brown. This book was published in the year 2010. The ISBN number 812080631X|9788120806313 is assigned to the Hardback version of this title. The book displayed here is a Reprint edition. This book has total of pp. xxxviii + 316 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.. We have about 3790 other great books from this publisher. The Buddha Nature A Study of the Tathagatagarbha and Alayavijnana Reprint is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

One of the fundamental tenets of Mahayana Buddhism animating and grounding the doctrine and discipline of its spiritual path, is the inherent potentiality of all animate beings to attain the supreme and perfect enlightenment of Buddhahood. This Book examines the ontological presuppositions and the corresponding soteriological-epistemological principles that sustain and define such a theory. Within the field of Buddhist studies, such a work provides a comprehensive Context in which to interpret the influence and major insights of the various Buddhist schools. Thus, the dynamics of the Buddha Nature, though non-thematic and implicit, is at the heart of Zen praxis, while it is a significant articulation in Kegon, Tendai, and Shingon thought. More specifically, the book seeks to establish a coherent metaphysics of absolute suchness (Tathata), synthesizing the variant traditions of the Tathagata-embryo (Tathagatagarbha) and the Storehouse Consciousness (Alayavijnana).

The book's contribution to the broader field of the History of Religions rests in its presentation and analysis of the Buddhist Enlightenment as the salvific-transformational moment in which Tathata 'awakens' to itself, comes to perfect self-realization as the Absolute Suchness of reality, in and through phenomenal human consciousness. The book is an interpretation of the Buddhist Path as the spontaneous self-emergence of 'embryonic' absolute knowledge as it comes to free itself from the concealments of adventitious defilements, and possess itself in fully self-explicated self-consciousness as the 'Highest Truth' and unconditional nature of all existence; it does so only in the form of omniscient wisdom.

About the Author

Brian Edward Brown has earned doctoral degrees in both theology and law. In 1981 he received his Ph.D. in the History of Religions from Fordham University. In 1986 he was awarded his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. Both degrees reflect his continuing interest in the various religious traditions and their influence upon the development of legal ' philosophies and practice. Dr. Brown has taught and lectured on the history of religions and comparative philosophy at several colleges and has practiced Law as an associate attorney in an international law firm in New York. Currently he is an assistant professor of Religion at Lona College. Series Editor : Alex Wayman
Editorial Advisory Board : Chr. Lindtner
Editorial Advisory Board : Ernst Steinkellner
Editorial Advisory Board : Katsumi Mimaki
Editorial Advisory Board : Lokesh Chandra
Editorial Advisory Board : Michael Hahn


Foreword/Alex Wayman
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Chap. I : Analysis of the Sri-mala Sutra :
1. Tathagatagarbha as Ontic Subjectivity
2. Tathagatagarbha and Soteriology
3. The Status of the Buddha
4. Tathagatagarbha and Epistemology
5. The Nescience Entrenchment
6. The Buddha Natures
7. The Four Noble Truths
8. Tathagatagarbha as Both Sunya and Asunya
9. Tathagatagarbha as Self-explicating Knowledge
10. Evaluation

Chap. II : The Ratnagotravibhaga :
1. The Jewels of the Dharma and the Samgha
2. Samala and Nirmala Tathata
3. Threefold Meaning of the Tathagatagarbha
4. The Meaning of Gotra

Chap. III : Characteristics of the Embryo Reality : Its Self-nature :
1. The Cause of the Embryo's Purification
2. The Four Supreme Virtues : Antidotal Methodology
3. Atma-Paramita : Supreme Unity
4. Nitya-Paramita : Supreme Eternity
5. Supreme Bliss and Supreme Purity
6. The Result of the Embryo's Self-purification
7. The Union with the Purifying Factors

Chap. IV : Further Characteristics of the Embryo :
1. The Function of the Embryo Towards Self-purification
2. The Embryo's Manifestation
3. Cittaprakrti : The Innate Mind
4. Buddhahood and Nirvana

Chap. V : Nine Illustrations of the Garbha :
1. Threefold Nature of the Tathagatagarbha

Chap. VI : The Tathagatagarbha and Sunyata :
1. Tathagatagarbha as Sunya and Asunya
2. The Ratnagotra and the Prajnaparamita Tradition

Chap. VII : The Properties of the Buddha :
1. Nirmala Tathata
2. Evaluation

Chap. VIII : The Lankavatara Sutra :
1. The Union of the Tathagatagarbha and the Alayavijnana
2. The Confusion of Epistemology and Ontology in the Lankavatara

Chap. IX : The Ch'eng Wei-shih Lun :
1. The Metaphysics of Mere-consciousness
2. The Alayavijnana and the Bijas

Chap. X : The Alayavijnana and Ignorance :
1. Atmagraha and Dharmagraha
2. The Manas and Manovijnana
3. The Ultimate Origin of Ignorance

Chap. XI : The Holy Path of Attainment :
1. The Stage of Moral Provisioning
2. The Stage of Intensified Effort
3. The Stage of Unimpeded Penetrating Understanding
4. The Stage of Exercising Cultivation
5. The Stage of Ultimate Realization

Chap. XII : Conclusion :
1. The Tathagatagarbha in the Sri-Mala Sutra
2. The Tathagatagarbha in the Ratnagotravibhaga
3. The Lankavatara Sutra
4. The Ch'eng Wei-Shih Lun
5. The Ultimate Status of Ignorance in the Theory of the Tathagatagarbha-alayavijnana
6. The Tathagatagarbha-alayavijnana and the Hegelian Absolute Spirit