By Huston Smith, Philip Novak
A concise and updated consultant to the heritage, teachings, and perform of Buddhism through luminaries within the box of global religions.
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62a, where "overcoming enemies" (siitravii1Jiimatikramab) is listed as the first of the ten aspects of the Buddha's skillful methods (upiiyakausalam),34 Asanga says in the Sriivakabhiimi: The Mara of the aggregates is the five appropriated aggregates. The Mara of the afflictions is the afflictions that operate in the three realms. The Mara of death is that which causes the time of death for sentient beings among the types of sentient beings. JS Based on this passage, Tibetan monastic textbooks describe the Mara of the aggregates as either the contaminated aggregates that arise in dependence on actions or that which is based on the predispositions of ignorance.
But the sun, when it has risen, sheds its light over the whole of Jambudvipa. Qa. 40 The Unique Prologue The fifth section of the siitra, the marvelous doctrine, begins with the unique prologue, that part of the prologue that is not found in other siHras. " Also at that time, the Bodhisattva, the Mahiisal/va. the Superior Avalokite5vara was contemplating the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom and saw that those five aggregates also are empty of inherent existence. According to Vimalamitra, "at that time" refers to the moment when the roots of virtue of the members of the audience had ripened such that they were ready to hear the teaching.
Because he has left the two obstructions a• a great distance, he is a Superior. Regarding "Avalokita," because he looks on all sentient beings with compassion in the manner of non-observation (anupalambha) from among the three types of compassion, he is one looking down [avalokila]. Because he has found the ability himself to dispel the sufferings of sentient beings, he is the capable one [Isvara] ... 77ze Prologue 45 Wisdom [in "perfection of wisdom") is of three types: there is the sword of wisdom that cuts the nets of the five aggregates, there is the thunderbolt of wisdom that smashes the aggregates of suffering, and there is the lamp of wisdom that dispels the darkness of ignorance.
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