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Splendid Vision Reading a Buddhist Sutra

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ISBN-10: 0231156693

ISBN-13: 9780231156691

Edition: 2012

Authors: Richard S. Cohen

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Featuring the first-ever English translation of the "Splendid Vision Sutra," a sixth-century Indian Mahayana Buddhist scripture known for its rich ritual magic and worship of bodhisattva-goddesses, this volume explicates the sutra's cultural significance as a source of extraordinary value, cosmic truth, and existential meaning. The ancient author of the "Splendid Vision Sutra" promises every imaginable reward to those who heed its words and rites, whether one's desire is to become king, enjoy heavenly pleasures for thousands of millennia, or attain the spiritual summit of advanced bodhisattvahood. Richard S. Cohen carefully analyzes this religious rhetoric, developing a heuristic model of…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 5/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Introduction to the Translation
Gilgit�s Splendid Vision
Sutra as Readymade: A Rationale for Reading
Regarding the Translation
The Assembly
Setting the Scene
Shakyamuni's Discourse
Vajrapani's Discourse
Manjushri's Questions-Shakyamuni's Answers
Avalokiteshvara's Discourse
Anopama's Discourse
Shanldiini's Discourse
Bhima's Discourse
Reprising the Merit of the Sutra
Verses, Second Set
The Concluding Discourse
Interpretive Essay
Reading Sutras in Theory and in Practice
The Splendid Vision as Scripture: Setting the Scene
Authority: From India to Rome and Back Again
The Play of Power
Conclusion: On Impertinence
Works Cited