Cover of The Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable, and The Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines
ISBN: 
1-886439-30-3
Publisher: 
BDK America
Pages: 
170
Publish Date: 
2004
Format: 
Hardcover
Author(s): 
’Phags-pa (Matidhvaja Śrībhadra); Vasumitra
Translator(s): 
Charles Willemen; Keisho Tsukamoto

Overview

In one volume here are important and historical guides to Buddhism: The Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable, composed in 1278 as a manual of Buddhism for a Mongol crown prince , and The Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines, detailing various schismatic doctrines that soon arose after the Buddha’s life ceased on this earth.

A 13th century guide to Buddhism and a review of doctrinal schisms
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Taishō 1645

Volume 35

The Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable

This work was written in the Yüan Period by the Tibetan ’Phags-pa for the then Chinese Crown Prince as an outline of Buddhist thought, and deals with such subjects as the Buddhist view of life and Buddhist cosmology. The teachings set forth are based on the whole on the Abhidharmakośa-bhāṣya (Taisho 51), but there are also to be found ideas unique to this work. The title, Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable, implies that all teachings which it is necessary to know are made clear by the contents of the work. 

Source
Composed by ’Phags-pa. Translated into the Chinese by Sha-lo-pa as Zhang suozhi lun (彰所知論). 2 fascicles.

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Volume 49

The Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines

This work describes the course of the so-called “Basic Schism” of Buddhism into the Theravāda and Mahāsaṃghika Schools, which took place over 100 years after the death of Śākyamuni, and the subsequent division of the Hīnayāna into 20 minor sects. It is written from the standpoint of one of those sects, the Sarvāstivādins, but also describes in detail the doctrinal characteristics of the others. This work is thus not only indispensable in the study of the history of sectarian division in Buddhism, but, when one considers that the majority of extant doctrinal treatises of Hīnayāna belong to the Sarvāstivādins, it is also an invaluable source of material in the elucidation of the tenets of sects other than the Sarvāstivādins.

Source
Skt. Samayabhedoparacanacakra by Vasumitra. Translated into the Chinese by Hsüan-tsang as Yibuzonglun lun (異部宗輪論). 1 fascicle.

Table of Contents

A Message on the Publication of the English Tripi†aka
NUMATA Yehan v
Editorial Foreword MAYEDA Sengaku vii
Publisher’s Foreword Francis H. Cook ix

The Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable

Contents 3
Translator’s Introduction Charles Willemen 5
Text of the Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable 9
Fascicle One   11
 
I. The Inanimate World 11
II. The Animate World 20
 
Fascicle Two 39
 
III. The Factors of the Path 51
IV. The Factors of Fruition 54
V. The Unconditioned Factors 64
 
Afterword 66
Notes 67
Bibliography 77
 

The Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines

 
Contents 81
Translator’s Introduction    TSUKAMOTO Keishō    83
Text of the Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines    89
 
Chapter I. Introductory Verse 91
Chapter II. Origin and Distribution of the Buddhist Schools 93
Chapter III. Doctrines of the Four Schools of the Mahāsāṃghikas 97
Chapter IV. The Later Differentiated Doctrines of the Four Schools of the Mahāsāṃghikas 103
Chapter V. Doctrines of the Bahuśrutīyas 105
Chapter VI. Doctrines of the Prajñaptivādins 107
Chapter VII. Doctrines of the Three Schools of the Andhra Mahāsāṃghikas 109
Chapter VIII. Doctrines of the Sarvāstivādins 111
Chapter IX. Doctrines of the Haimavatas 117
Chapter X. Doctrines of the Vātsīputrīyas and Their Four Schools 119
Chapter XI. Doctrines of the Mahīśāsakas 123
Chapter XII. The Later Differentiated Doctrines of the Mahīśāsakas 127
Chapter XIII. Doctrines of the Dharma gup takas 129
Chapter XIV. Doctrines of the Kāśyapīyas 131
Chapter XV. Doctrines of the Sautrāntikas 133
Chapter XVI. Concluding Verse 135
 
Bibliography 137
Glossary 139
 

Index 147
A List of the Volumes of the BDK English Tripi†aka (First Series)

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