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9. An Ekottarika-āgama Discourse Without Parallels: From Perception of Impermanence to the Pure Land

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1. Title Title of document 9. An Ekottarika-āgama Discourse Without Parallels: From Perception of Impermanence to the Pure Land - Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Bhikkhu Analayo; Center for Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg; Germany
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Buddhist path; L.S. Cousins; Abhidhamma; Pali literature; meditation; Samantha Trust; Ekottarika-agama; impermanence
5. Subject Subject classification Buddhist Studies; Asian Studies
6. Description Abstract With the present paper I study and translate a discourse in the Ekottarikaāgama
preserved in Chinese of which no parallel in other discourse collections
is known. This situation relates to the wider issue of what significance
to accord to the absence of parallels from the viewpoint of the early Buddhist
oral transmission. The main topic of the discourse itself is perception of impermanence,
which is of central importance in the early Buddhist scheme of
the path for cultivating liberating insight. A description of the results of such
practice in this Ekottarika-āgama discourse has a somewhat ambivalent formulation
that suggests a possible relation to the notion of rebirth in the Pure
Abodes, suddhāvāsa. This notion, attested in a Pāli discourse, in turn might
have provided a precedent for the aspiration, prominent in later Buddhist
traditions, to be reborn in the Pure Land.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 08-Oct-2019
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.33390
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings
16. Language English=en en
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