By Michael Zimmerman
1. A examine and translation of the Tathagatagarbhasutra; 2. severe and diplomatic versions of the Tathagatagarbhasutra ; The variations [Tibetan and chinese language] comprises large biliographical references and index.
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The bees react aggressively and "attack any moving creature" who does not protect itself with the smoke of leafy branches fed into a fire. Once the bees have left, the comb is partially cut out and lowered down to the ground in a basket. The authors remark that "unknowingly, the hunters have become terrible predators. Entire colonies of bees are destroyed when Mani Lal [the leader of the hunters1cuts down their nests. " The price in 1988 for 454 g (1 pound) of honey was ten Nepalese rupees, a sum which must be seen in relation to the average two rupees a day on which about 60 percent of the rural population then lived.
Knowledge of the right time is necessary. "46 The illustration seems to stress the suddenness with which the golden figures come out. Nevertheless, this should probably not be taken as promoting the idea of a sudden awakening. Nothing that would substantiate such an idea occurs in the description of the spiritual sphere. This description serves rather to underscore the surprise and complete unexpectedness arising the moment the burned and ugly mold is replaced by a golden image from inside. The simile describes accurately and in detail this method of casting, which is still practiced among artisans in India and Nepa1.
One is found in IA (and possibly also the first sentence. of IB) and the verses of IC; the other one comprises chapters OM (without the last sentence containing the term tathiigatagarbha, which is probably a later insertion) and lB (without the first sentence). The term tathiigatagarbha is thus only found in simile IA. Simile OM draws upon the introductory setting described from OG to OK. Simile lA, on the other hand, clearly follows the other eight illustrations of the. TGS 5 and, with the introduction of a person with divine vision, adapts the upamiina to the upameya, where the Buddha recognizes the buddha-nature of living beings with his buddha-vision.
A Buddha within: The Tathagatagarbhasutra: The earliest exposition of the Buddha-nature teaching in India by Michael Zimmerman