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A Study of the Dharmadharmatavibhanga (Volumn One)
By Raymond E. Robertson
Publisher: China Tibetology Publishing House
Language: English
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Table of Contents

Editors’ Preface



1 General Introduction

1.1 What this four-volume work consists of: the Avikalpapravesadharani and Kamalasila’s commentary on it; the Dharmadharmatavibhanga and commentaries both ancient and modern on it

1.2 The general character of the thought presented in this work: Maitreyan Yogacara

1.3 Summary of Kamalasila’s approach (which is also that of the Dharmadharmatavibhanga)

1.4 Definitions of dharma and dharmata — that is to say, the factors or elements of phenomenal reality (chos) and reality-itself (chos nyid) — according to Kamalasila’s Avikalpapravesadharanitika (summary topic 7.3)

2 Introduction to the Avikalpapravesadharani and its commentary the Avikalpapravesadharanitika by Kamalasila

2.1 Who is Kamalasila and what significance does he have here?

2.2 The historicity of the bSam yas debate:
Did Kamalasila actually engage in a debate?

2.3 The Avikalpapravesadharanitika was written in Tibet after the writing of the Bhavanakrama

2.4 The Avikalpapravesadharani as seen in Buddhist literature

2.5 Gradualists and suddenists both cite the Avikalpapravesadharani

2.6 The Avikalpapravesadharani’s “nonfabricating in the mind” may indicate a process of suspension of representational thinking

2.7 Kamalasila interprets the Avikalpapravesadharani’s “nonfabricating in the mind" (yid la byed pa) to mean "analysis of the real" (yang dag par so so brtag pa)

2.8 Overcoming the given: the yogic practice of the Avikalpapravesadharani

2.9 Meditation for the abandoning of apparent marks and the definition of “nonfabrication in the mind” according to Kamalasila: abandoning and nonperception justified through analysis that ascertains entites’ lack of inherent nature

2.10 The bSam gtan mig sgron’s citation of the Avikalpapravesadharani confirms Kamalasila’s interpretation of it as a gradualist text

2.11 The path of seeing

2.12 The dharani’s fourfold approach and the fivefold path

2.13 Mahayanasturalamkara 14:22–29 can be used to resolve the ambiguity of the Dharmadharmatavibhanga concerning the transition to the path of seeing

2.14 Kamalasila’s teaching of the ultimacy of the lack of essential existence

3 Translation of the Avikalpapravesadharani

4 Seven Appendices of complete summary topics and longer excerpts from Kamalasila’s commentary on the Avikalpapravesadharanitika

4.1 Appendix One: Kamalasila’s commentary on the setting of the Avikalpapravesadharani: “Thus I heard at a time when the Buddha dwelt as Rajagrha…”; Kamalasila’s denial of transcendent hearing

4.1.1 Introduction

4.1.2 The structure of Kamalasila’s argument against transcendent hearing

4.1.3 Light shed by Kamalasila on the understanding of the traditional opening statement of sutras: evam maya srutam ekasmin samaye bhagavan…viharati sma

4.1.4 Kamalasila denies transcendent meditational concentration as the source of authentic Buddhist scripture

4.1.5 Translation of Kamalasila’s commentary to the setting for the Avikalpapravesadharani

4.1.6 Kamalasila’s commentary on “was residing” and the indeterminacy of time

4.1.7 Kamalasila’s commentary on “was residing”

4.1.8 Kamalasila’s commentary on the indeterminacy of time

4.1.9 Summary of Kamalasila’s notion of residing as timeless absorption in samadhi

4.2 Appendix Two: Excerpts from Kamalasila’s commentary to summary topic seven of the Avikalpapravesadharani: “The practice for the abandoning of marks”

4.2.1 Kamalasila’s definition of nonfabrication in the mind (yid la mi byed pa, Skt. [first Bhavanakrama] amanasikara) as analysis of the real (yang dag par so sor rtog pa, Skt. [third Bhavanakrama] bhutapratyaveksa)

4.2.2 Kamalasila defines nonfabrication in the mind (yid la mi byed pa) as analysis of the real (yang dag par so sor rtog pa) in his Avikalpapravesadharanitika

4.2.3 Transcending the marks involves a series of transitions

4.2.4 Kamalasila’s presentation of the transitions in his Avikalpapravesadharanitika The transition from conceptualizing existence through self-nature (the psychophysical constitutes) to conceptualizing the transcending functions The transition from conceptualizing the antidotes (the transcending functions) to conceptualizing emptiness and thusness The transition from conceptualizing emptiness and thusness to conceptualizing the attainments

4.2.5 The conclusion of Kamalasila’s commentary to summary topic seven (with parallel passages from the Bhavanakrama). Mediation on thusness without accumulating karmic conditioning. The meditation of keeping the mind on suchness (de kho na nyid): the cultivation of the single flavor of nonorigination.

4.2.6 The conclusion of Kamalasila’s comentary to summary topic seven of the Avikalpapravesadharani

4.2.7 Parallel passages to this section from the Bhavanakrama

4.2.8 Parallel passage from the third Bhavanakrama

4.2.9 Parallel passage from the first Bhavanakrama

4.3 Appendix Three: Kamalasila’s commentary to summary topic eight of the Avikalpapravesadharani: “Approaching the nonconceptual realm”

4.4 Appendix Four: Kamalasila’s commentary to summary topic nine of the Avikalpapravesadharani: “The characteristics of the nonconceptual realm”

4.5 Appendix Five: Kamalasila’s commentary to summary topic ten of the Avikalpapravesadharani: “The signs of having entered it”

4.5.1 Kamalasila quotes Nagarjuna’s Mulamadhyamakakarika 15:8

4.6 Appendix Six: Excerpts from Kamalasila’s commentary to summary topic thirteen of the Avikalpapravesadharani: “The practice for the abandoning of marks”

4.6.1 The Avikalpapravesadharani’s “The structuring potential pertaining to digging” represents karmic conditioning

4.6.2 The Avikalpapravesadharani’s “impenetrably dense and solid rock” exemplifies motivational structuring

4.6.3 Kamalasila’s commentary from “dig” to the end of summary topic thirteen

4.7 Appendix Seven: Kamalasila’s commentary to summary topic fourteen of the Avikalpapravesadharani: “The method”

5 The Dharmadharmatavibhanga of Maitreya

5.1 Introduction to the Dharmadharmatavibhanga

5.2 The Dharmadharmatavibhanga: translation and Tibetan text



Abstract in Chinese


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