The eccentric Bankei has lengthy been an underground hero on the planet of Zen. At a time while Zen was once turning into overly formalized in Japan, he under pressure its relevance to lifestyle, insisting at the value of naturalness and spontaneity.
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covers the interval from Sakyamuni* Buddha to Early Mahayana* ahead of Nagarjuna*
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1960 to 1968, he released 3 very important reports on Buddhist associations: Ritsuzo* no
kenkyu* (A research of the Vinaya-pitaka*), Genshi Bukkyo* no kenkyu (A research of Early
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Indian Buddhist institutional background. This learn was once relatively vital in his
formulation of a brand new thought of the increase of Mahayana *. by way of concentrating on 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 proof for the
development of Mahayana Buddhism.
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Once again, the adherent of the latter opinion refers to the problem of Go,dhika's suicide and continues with this statement: "If he had fallen back from a meditative attainment, he should not have killed himself. ,,56 In other words: It is not worth killing oneself for the sake of a meditative attainment, but if one has to weigh life against salvation, the latter does prevail. 5? It is, by the way, significant, that Harivarman himself cannot resist this argumentation. Therefore, he takes pains to explain how falling back from his meditative attainment prevented Godhika from gaining salvation while in this meditative state.
51 Martin Delhey protest against the suppressiori and persecution of Buddhists. This motive is, to the best of my knowledge, only rarely documented in premodern Buddhism, 83 and may be rather inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, who repeatedly used fasting unto death·as a means of exerting political pressure. These self-immolations and many suicides that were committed in traditional Mahayana can at least be regarded as sharing the common feature of being enacted for the sake of. the Buddhist religion. The political character of present-day self-immolations can already clearly be detected in the first of these public self-immolations by fire, which was committed in June 1963 by the monk Thich Quang Duc.
Finally, John Kieschnick, The Eminent Monk: Buddhist Ideals in Medieval Chinese Hagiography, Studies in East Asian Buddhism 10 (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1997), deserves special mention, because Kieschnick focuses his attention on the sources themselves that contain, among other things, the reports of suicide and tries to determine the intention behind their compilation and their Sitz im Leben. 6IObI7-25. Attention has already been drawn to this source in Schrnithausen, "Religionen und Bioethik: 2.
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