By Jikido Takasaki
The Ratnagotravibhaga, sometimes called the Uttaratantra, is the one Indian treatise dedicated to the Mahayana doctrine of Tathagatagarbha, or the idea that each one beings own inside themselves the virtues and knowledge of a Tathagata, or Buddha, albeit in embryonic shape (garbha). the current paintings, first released in 1966 and the following reprinted for the 1st time, presents the one whole English translation of this significant textual content.
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Extra info for A study on the Ratnagotravibhaga (Uttaratantra)
It was also the basic idea for the theory of the oneness of Brahman and Âtman in the philosophy of the Upanisads as well as of the later Vedāntavāda 47>. Rather, it is an inevitable character for all systems which declare their philosophical standpoint as Monism. And when Buddhism developed itself into Mahāyāna Buddhism, it could not but take the appearance of Monism as a result of Absolutization of the Buddha, and approach the Upanisadic thinking in its philosophy. On the other hand absolutization of the Buddha made Mahāyāna Buddhism more religious than Abhidharma Buddhism.
Wogihara), p. 3, 1. 6: gotram bljam ity apy ucyate. v. As for the development of the idea of 'gotra'' within Buddhist thought, see Obermiller's introduction to the Uttaratantra. It gives a good summary of the development of the idea from the Vinaya to the Yogācāra system through the Sarvāstivāda and the Sautrāntika, but as it is merely based upon Tibetan information (the Gser-phreñ, a commentary on the Abhisamayâlañkāra by Tsoñ-kha-pa, and the Phar-phyin skabs brgyad-ka, Eight Chapters on the Pāramitā, of Jam-yañ-shad-pa), a more detailed and thorough investigation on this subject based upon the Pali, Sanskrit, and Chinese sources will be required.
Raya is shown in the next verse where it is referred to by the term āryagotra characterized as vimala, sama, viśista, and anyūnânadhika. 9) v. XI, 44 runs as follows: padārtha—deha—nirbhāsa—parāvrttir anāsravah / dhātur, bījaparāvrtteh sa ca sarvatragâśrayah \\ and thereon the commentary says that ' bījaparāvrtti ' means ' ālayavijñānaparāvrtti ''; ' parāvrtti ^ of i padârtha-deha-nirbhāsa ', i. e. of vijñānas (other than ālayavijñāna) is the 4 anāsravadhātu ', i. e. the ' vimukti \ It ( = anāsravadhātu) is also ' sarvatragâśraya ', i.