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Luminous BlissA Religious History of Pure Land Literature in Tibet$
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Georgios T. Halkias

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835903

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835903.001.0001

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Tibetan Pure Land Commentaries

Tibetan Pure Land Commentaries

(p.101) Chapter Four Tibetan Pure Land Commentaries
Luminous Bliss

Georgios T. Halkias

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter reiterates that the long and short Sukhāvatīvyūha sutras are invoked as authoritative texts for elaborating on Pure Land doctrines. This is evident in Dharmākara's nineteenth vow in the long Sukhāvatūvyūha-sūtra, which is frequently cited for visualizing and formalizing the causes for birth in Sukhāvatī. The nineteenth vow is linked to another passage from the long sutra that encapsulates four causes for birth in Sukhāvatī. Unanimously quoted in Tibetan commentarial literature, this short excerpt features Śākyamuni's instructions to his pupil Ānanda. For many Tibetan scholars there are four causes to secure birth in Sukhāvatī, but their opinions about the most important cause among these often diverge.

Keywords:   Sukhāvatīvyūha sutras, Dharmākara, Sukhāvatī, Śākyamuni, Ānanda, Tibetan scholars

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