The Range of the Bodhisattva, a Mahāyana Sūtra (Ārya-bodhisattva-gocara)

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THE RANGE OF THE BODHISATTVA, A MAHāYANA SūTRA (ĀRYA-BODHISATTVA-GOCARA)

Introduction and Translation

Lozang Jamspal

This is a study and the first complete English translation of the Mahāyāna Sūtra, the Bodhi-sattva-gocara, which presents one of the only Buddhist teachings extant on what might be called a “Buddhist theory of war.” The main body of the text takes the form of a dialogue between King Caṇḍapradyota and the Nirgrantha sage, Satyaka, who is later revealed by Śākyamuni Buddha to be a bodhisattva of high attainment.

The author’s introductory essay traces the ways in which the later Indian and Tibetan commentarial traditions have drawn on this sūtra in order to expound upon key themes in Buddhist ethics, law, and state policy, to highlight their positions in opposition to their non-Buddhist contemporaries. From the author’s analysis, it is clear that this sūtra has been seminal in the ethical reflections of generations of Indian and Tibetan Buddhists, though it appears that it was not well known in East Asia.

A companion volume of a Tibetan critical edition will also be available.

book information
  • Hardcover
  • 308 pages, 6.5 x 9.25 inches
  • $49.95
  • ISBN 9781935011071
about the author
The Range of the Bodhisattva, a Mahāyana Sūtra (Ārya-bodhisattva-gocara)

Lozang Jamspal holds a Rigs-chen degree from Tashi Lhunpo Monastic University in Tibet, an Acharya degree in Sanskrit from Sanskrit University, Varanasi, and a PhD from Columbia University. Formerly Lecturer in Buddhist Sanskrit and Classical Tibetan in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, he is currently a professor at the International Buddhist College in Thailand.

Other books by Lozang Jamspal:
The Universal Vehicle Discourse Literature (Mahāyānasūtrālaṁkāra)

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