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Metaphysics and Mysticism in Mahayana Buddhism

C D Sebastian (Author)
Synopsis Canonical and classical Mahayana literature falls into two classes viz., prajnaparamita and the Tathagatagarbha Mahayanottara-tantra Sastra, popularly known as the Uttaratantra, is the foremost example of the Tathagata-garbha literature. In this volume the author makes an exegetical and analytic study of the same text, and brings out the metaphysical and mystical bearings of Mahayana Buddhism. The teaching of the Uttaratantra is a perfect blend of philosophy, religion, spiritual discipline, mysticism and metaphysics – a blend which is characteristic of Buddhism.

Tathagata-garbha is an important Mahayana principle, which explains that all living beings possess the essence of Buddha-hood (Sarva-sattvas-tathatagata-garbhah). Tatha-gata-garbha theory is a teaching that gives great optimism for all living beings in the pursuit of Bodhi (Enlightment) or Buddhatva (Buddhahood). This theory enshrines in it a sublime concept that all the sentient beings are potential Buddhas or all will attain Buddha-hood. Owing to the presence of Tathagata-garbha in all, one perceives the equality of oneself with others, and works for the wellbeing of all living beings, as one’s entire life motif. According to A.K. Chatterjee, an outstanding authority on Yogacara Idealism, the author “brings our beautifully the implication of the notion of the Tathagatagrabha” in this volume.
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About the author

C D Sebastian

C.D. Sebastian is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He holds his M.A. (double Gold Medalist) and Ph.D. degrees in Indian Philosophy and Religion from the Banaras Hindu Univeristy, Varanasi, India. He has published on many aspects of Buddhism and Indian Philosophy, and has and abiding interest in Comparative Philosophy and Religion.

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Bibliographic information

Title Metaphysics and Mysticism in Mahayana Buddhism
Author C D Sebastian
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170308267, 9788170308263
length xviii+323p., Notes; Bibliography; Glossary; Index; 23cm.