This influential sutra expounds the thought of the Yogācāra (Mind-Only or Consciousness-Only) School (Vijñānavāda), stating that all phenomena are manifestations of the mind. Complete in one volume.
The Scripture on the Explication of Underlying Meaning
The basic sūtra of the Faxiang School, The Scripture on the Explication of Underlying Meaning expounds the thought of the Yogācāra or Mind-Only School (Vijñānavāda), stating that all phenomena are manifestations of the mind. It belongs to the middle period of Indian Mahāyāna Buddhism and is considered to have been composed at the start of the fourth century A.D. It is divided into eight chapters, and gives a detailed exposition of the philosophy of the Yogācāra School. Judging from the fact that the greater part of this sūtra is quoted in the Yogācārabhūmi (Taishō 53), and that numerous citations from it are to be found in such works as the Mahāyānasaṃgraha (Taishō 57) and Jō-yui-shiki-ron (Taishō 54), it is clear that it exerted considerable influence in later times.
Skt. Saṃdhinirmocana-sūtra. Translated into the Chinese by Xuan Cang as Jie shenmi jing (解深密經). 5 fascicles.
Table of Contents
A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka NUMATA Yehan v
Editorial Foreword MAYEDA Sengaku vii
Publisher's Foreword Kenneth K. Inada ix
Translator's Introduction John P. Keenan 1
Chapter I Thus Have I Heard 7
Chapter II The Descriptive Marks of the Truth of Ultimate Meaning 11
Chapter III The Descriptive Marks of Mind, Thought, and [Sense] Consciousness 27
Chapter IV The Characteristic Patterns of All Things 31
Chapter V The Absence of Essence 35
Chapter VI The Analysis of Centering 51
Chapter VII The Stages and Perfections 77
Chapter VIII The Duty Accomplishment of a Tathāgata 99
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