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Despite the typical view of Buddhism as non-dogmatic and tolerant, the old checklist preserves many examples of Buddhist thinkers and routine that have been banned as heretical or subversive. The San-chieh (Three degrees) was once a well-liked and influential chinese language Buddhist flow throughout the Sui and Tang sessions, counting robust statesmen, imperial princes, or even an empress, Empress Wu, between its consumers. In spite, or even accurately simply because, of its proximity to strength, the San-chieh move ran afoul of the gurus and its teachings and texts have been formally proscribed a variety of instances over a several-hundred-year historical past. due to those suppressions San-chieh texts have been misplaced and little information regarding its teachings or heritage is accessible. the current paintings, the 1st English learn of the San-chieh flow, makes use of manuscripts came upon at Tun-huang to envision the doctrine and institutional practices of this flow within the higher context of Mahayana doctrine and perform. by way of viewing San-Chieh within the context of Mahayana Buddhism, Hubbard unearths it to be faraway from heretical and thereby increases vital questions about orthodoxy and canon in Buddhism. He exhibits that a number of the hallmark rules and practices of chinese language Buddhism locate an early and precise expression within the San-chieh texts.

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10 Mah„pad„na-suttanta (D‡gha-nik„ya, suttanta 14), English translation by T. W. Rhys Davids, Dialogues of the Buddha, Part II (London: Pali Text Society, 1910, reprint 1977), 1–41. 11 Nattier, Once Upon a Future Time, 21–26. This sort of cosmic Buddhology becomes an important feature of East Asian Buddhism not only in Maitreya-based apocalypticism but also in the form of Buddhan„ma liturgies, that is, the chanting of the names of all of the Buddhas, among which the “seven roster Buddhan„ma” of the Three Levels may be counted.

Govind C. , the evidence of sectarian disputes (236). It should also be noted, however, that actual schisms were not occasioned by doctrinal dispute but by regulatory (Vinaya) dispute, a fact that does not lessen the import of doctrinal dispute. 15 The Book of the Gradual Sayings (Aªguttara-nik„ya), translated by F. L. Woodward (London: The Pali Text Society, 1979), vol. 1: 54 (cf. T #2, 592c–593a); see also Ronald Davidson, “Standards of Scriptural Authenticity,” in Chinese Buddhist Apocrypha (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 1990), who notes that the complementary attitude is that the dharma is more than the literal words of the Š„kyamuni Buddha and encompasses all that is spoken from the vantage point of the truth per se (dharmat„) or that is conducive to its realization, including the teachings of previous Buddhas as well as his enlightened disciples (294–97).

73 As with much else in Hsin-hsing’s life, his interest in this rite of confession places him well within the context of northern practice, where it was popular from the mid-sixth century onwards. It also ³ts in well with the overall tenor of contemplative and devotional cultus in Hsinhsing’s community, for as Stevenson noted in his study of T’ien-t’ai devotional and liturgical practice, the fang teng (a) tends to be used in conjunction with the practice of dhyana, as either a preliminary method of purifying the mind or as supplementary confessional practice; (b) is related also to liturgies of veneration that involve reciting rosters of Buddha-names; and (c) is connected to a precept ceremony tradition, all of which ³t in well with the practice of Hsin-hsing and the San-chieh community as well.

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