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By Akira Hirakawa

ISBN-10: 0824812034

ISBN-13: 9780824812034

The current quantity is a translation of the 1st of Hirakawa's two-volume historical past. It
covers the interval from Sakyamuni* Buddha to Early Mahayana* prior to Nagarjuna*
and contains the sessions on which Hirakawa did so much of his personal previous study. From
1960 to 1968, he released 3 vital stories on Buddhist associations: Ritsuzo* no
kenkyu* (A examine of the Vinaya-pitaka*), Genshi Bukkyo* no kenkyu (A research of Early
Buddhism), and Shoki Daijo* Bukkyo no kenkyu (Studies in Early Mahayana Buddhism).
These reviews, all popping out of his curiosity within the vinaya, established his mastery of
Indian Buddhist institutional historical past. This examine was once fairly vital in his
formulation of a brand new conception of the increase of Mahayana *. by way of targeting the necessity to identify
an institutional base from which Mahayana arose, Hirakawa argued that stupa* worship
and the formula of Mahayana units of precepts supplied vital facts for the
development of Mahayana Buddhism.

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covers the interval from Sakyamuni* Buddha to Early Mahayana* prior to Nagarjuna*
and contains the sessions on which Hirakawa did so much of his personal past examine. From
1960 to 1968, he released 3 very important reviews on Buddhist associations: Ritsuzo* no
kenkyu* (A learn of the Vinaya-pitaka*), Genshi Bukkyo* no kenkyu (A learn of Early
Buddhism), and Shoki Daijo* Bukkyo no kenkyu (Studies in Early Mahayana Buddhism).
These reports, all popping out of his curiosity within the vinaya, validated his mastery of
Indian Buddhist institutional background. This learn used to be fairly very important in his
formulation of a brand new concept of the increase of Mahayana *. via targeting the necessity to identify
an institutional base from which Mahayana arose, Hirakawa argued that stupa* worship
and the formula of Mahayana units of precepts supplied very important facts for the
development of Mahayana Buddhism.

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Ra n sm ig ra te d th rou gh birlhs an d deaths* a n d th e realm (lo ta) in which the Self existed. In the Pah Braftmajdiasufta, no less t h a n sixty-two different positions o n these s u b ­ jects a re described. A p articu larly im p o rtan t issue co n cern ed rhe m a n ­ n e r in w hich a co nstan tly c h a n g in g m in d co uld grasp o r perceive ihe u n c h a n g in g aiman thought to exist behind it. 1 different co n ten d in g schtjols that could be clas­ sified into four basic groups: those w ho recognized k a rm a , those w ho d id not recognize k arm a, the skeptics, a n d the m oralists.

A lthough people fear d e a th a n d do nut wish to d ie h no one ean escape deathS a k v a m u m ’s c i h u i t d over ihe existential p ro b le m s ol life a n d d e a th w e i s d ra m a tiz e d in later b iog raph ies th ro u g h descriptions o f his e n c o u n ­ ters w ith fo u r m e n while on four sightseeing jo u rn e y s o u trid e his fath er's palace. First he e n c o u n te re d an old m a n , then a siek m a n , an d finally a dead m a n . Deeply d istu rb ed , he r e tu rn e d h o m e each time- O n his fourth o u tin g he saw a w a n d e rin g m c n d ic a n t a n d resolved to leave home a n d b eco m e a religious m en d ican t S a k y a m u n i left hom e against his p a r e n ts ' will Tn the m id dle o f the night, he m o u n te d his favorite horse, K a n ih a k a , a n d with his c h a ­ rioteer, C h a n d a , lefi ihe p a la te secretly.

A cco rd in g to (he T h e r a v a d a tra d itio n , the B u d d h a a tta in e d cnlightc n m e n t on the night o f the full m oon o f the m o n th o f Vaisakha (V isak ha), which falls in A pril o r M a y o r th e W estern calend ar, In J a p a n , the eighth d a y o f the twelfth m o n th is said to be the day o f the B u d d h a 's enlightenment. A ccording to traditional account8, th e B u d ­ d h a left h o m e w h en he was twenty-nine* a tta in e d en lig h ten m en t w h en he w as thirty-five, ta u g h t o th ers for forty-live years, a n d died at eighty.

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