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Nāgārjuna's Treatise on the Ten Bodhisattva Grounds

The Daśabhūmika Vibhāṣā

By Ārya Nāgārjuna (ca 2nd c.)

Nāgārjuna’s Treatise on the Ten Bodhisattva Grounds" is Bhikshu Dharmamitra’s extensively annotated original translation of Ārya Nāgārjuna’s "Daśabhūmika Vibhāṣā" rendered from Tripiṭaka Master Kumārajīva’s circa 410 ce Sanskrit-to-Chinese translation. It consists of 35 chapters that explain the cultivation of the ten highest levels of bodhisattva practice leading to buddhahood. It focuses almost exclusively on the first two bodhisattva grounds.

Chapter 1, The Introduction

Chapter 2, Entering the First Ground

Chapter 3, The Characteristics of the Ground

Chapter 4, Purification of the Ground

Chapter 5, The Explanation of the Vows

Chapter 6, On Producing the Bodhi Resolve

Chapter 7, On Training the Mind

Chapter 8, On the Avaivartika

Chapter 9, On the Easy Practice

Chapter 10, Getting Rid of Karma

Chapter 11, Distinctions with Regard to Merit

Chapter 12, Distinctions with Regard to Giving

Chapter 13, Distinctions with Regard to the Giving of Dharma

Chapter 14, The Characteristics of the Refuges

Chapter 15, The Five Moral Precepts

Chapter 16, On Realizing the Faults of the Householder’s Life

Chapter 17, On Entering the Temple

Chapter 18, The Jointly Shared Practices

Chapter 19, The Four-fold Dharmas

Chapter 20, Mindfulness of the Buddhas

Chapter 21, Forty Dharmas Exclusive to Buddhas (Part 1)

Chapter 22, Forty Dharmas Exclusive to Buddhas (Part 2)

Chapter 23, Forty Dharmas Exclusive to Buddhas (Part 3)

Chapter 24, Verses Offered in Praise

Chapter 25, Teachings to Aid Mindfulness-of-the-Buddha Samādhi

Chapter 26, The Analogy Chapter

Chapter 27, A Summarizing Discussion of the Bodhisattva Practices

Chapter 28, Distinctions in the 2nd Ground’s Courses of Karmic Action

Chapter 29, Distinctions Pertaining to Śrāvakas and Pratyekabuddhas

Chapter 30, Distinctions Pertaining to the Great Vehicle

Chapter 31, Guarding the Moral Precepts

Chapter 32, An Explanation of the Dhūta Austerities

Chapter 33, Aids to Gaining the Fruits of Śīla

Chapter 34, In Praise of the Moral Precepts

Chapter 35, The Karmic Rewards of the Moral Precepts


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The Ten Grounds Sutra

The Daśabhūmika Sūtra

"The Ten Grounds Sutra" (Trilingual) is an annotated English Translation by Bhikshu Dharmamitra of Tripitaka Master Kumārajīva’s circa 410 ce Sanskrit-to-Chinese translation of the Daśabhūmika Sūtra. This sutra describes in great detail the ten highest levels of bodhisattva practice on the path to buddhahood.

Chapter 1, The Joyfulness Ground

Chapter 2, The Stainlessness Ground

Chapter 3, The Shining Light Ground

Chapter 4, The Blazing Brilliance Ground

Chapter 5, The Difficult-to-Conquer Ground

Chapter 6, The Direct Presence Ground

Chapter 7, The Far-Reaching Ground

Chapter 8, The Immovability Ground

Chapter 9, The Sublime Goodness Ground

Chapter 10, The Dharma Cloud Ground


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The Ten Bodhisattva Grounds

The Avatamsaka Sūtra, Chapter 26

"The Ten Bodhisattva Grounds" is an annotated English Translation by Bhikshu Dharmamitra of Tripitaka Master Śikṣānanda’s circa 699 ce Sanskrit-to-Chinese translation of the Avataṃsaka Sūtra, Chapter 26. This text describes in great detail the ten highest levels of bodhisattva practice on the path to buddhahood as taught in that sutra.

Part 1, The Joyfulness Ground

Part 2, The Stainlessness Ground

Part 3, The Shining Light Ground

Part 4, The Blazing Brilliance Ground

Part 5, The Difficult-to-Conquer Ground

Part 6, The Direct Presence Ground

Part 7, The Far-Reaching Ground

Part 8, The Immovability Ground

Part 9, The Excellent Intelligence Ground

Part 10, The Dharma Cloud Ground


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Nāgārjuna on Mindfulness of the Buddha

By Ārya Nāgārjuna (ca 2nd c.)

"Nāgārjuna on Mindfulness of the Buddha" consists of three extended passages from Bhikshu Dharmamitra’s original annotated translations from Sino-Buddhist Classical Chinese of works written by Ārya Nāgārjuna (circa 150 ce). All three of these passages have been selected from Tripitaka Master Kumārajīva’s early Fifth Century Sanskrit-to-Chinese translations of works by Nāgārjuna, as follows:

Part 1, “The Easy Practice”

(Nāgārjuna’s Treatise on the Ten Bodhisattva Grounds, Chapter 9)

Part 2, “The Pratuyutpanna Samādhi”

   (Nāgārjuna’s Treatise on the Ten Bodhisattva Grounds, Chapters 20-25)

Part 3, “On Recollection of the Buddha”

   (Nāgārjuna’s Exegesis on the Mahāprajnāpāramitā Sūtra, Chapter 1, Part 36-1)

 


The Essentials of Buddhist Meditation

By the Tiantai Mountain Shramana Zhiyi (Chih-i) - (538-597 ce).

Essentials for Practicing Calming-and-Insight and Dhyana Meditation is a calming-and-insight (samatha-vipasyana) meditation manual deeply rooted in the early Indian Buddhist meditation tradition. It offers perhaps the most reliable, comprehensive, and practically useful Buddhist meditation instruction currently available in English.

Prefaces: a) Song Dynasty Yuanzhao Preface; b) Tiantai Zhiyi's Original Preface

Chapter 1, Fulfillment of the Five Prerequisites

Chapter 2, Renunciation of Desires as Preventing Success in Meditation

Chapter 3, Elimination of the Hindrances to Success in Meditation

Chapter 4, Making Adjustments

Chapter 5, Implementation of Skillful Means

Chapter 6, The Actual Cultivation

Chapter 7, Manifestation of Roots of Goodness

Chapter 8, Recognition of the Work of Demons

Chapter 9, Treatment of Disorders

Chapter 10, Realization of the Fruits


The Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime

By the Tiantai Mountain Shramana Zhiyi (Chih-i) - (538-597 ce).

This ideal companion volume to The Essentials of Buddhist Meditation explains the six practices crucial to success in traditional Indian Buddhist breath (anapana) and calming-and-insight (samatha-vipasyana) meditation. Correctly implemented, these six "gates" lead the practitioner to realize the third of the four truths (cessation), of which the "sublimity" referenced in the title is one of the four canonically-described practice aspects.

Tiantai Zhiyi's Preface

Chapter 1, The Six Gates in Relation to the Dhyana Absorptions

Chapter 2, The Six Gates in Terms of Sequential Development

Chapter 3, The Six Gates in Accordance with Suitability

Chapter 4, The Six Gates as Means of Counteraction

Chapter 5, The Six Gates in Terms of Mutual Inclusion

Chapter 6, The Six Gates in Terms of Identities and Differences

Chapter 7, The Six Gates in Accordance with the Reversed Orientation

Chapter 8, The Six Gates According to Contemplation of Mind

Chapter 9, The Six Gates According to the Perfect Contemplation

Chapter 10, The Six Gates in Accordance with the Signs of Realization


Nagarjuna's Guide to the Bodhisattva Path

The Bodhisambhara Shastra with Abridged Bhikshu Vasitva Commentary.
Treatise by Arya Nagarjuna (ca 2nd c.); Commentary Abridgement by the Translator.
The Bodhisambhara Shastra (lit. "Treatise on the Provisions for Enlightenment") describes the essential prerequisites for realizing the complete enlightenment of a buddha.

Part 1, The Bodhisambhara Treatise, Excerpt 1

Part 1, The Bodhisambhara Treatise, Excerpt 2

Part 1, The Bodhisambhara Treatise, Excerpt 3

Part 2, The Abridged Commentary & Translator's Notes, Excerpt 1

Part 2, The Abridged Commentary & Translator's Notes, Excerpt 2

Part 2, The Abridged Commentary & Translator's Notes, Excerpt 3


The Bodhisambhara Treatise Commentary

The Sole Extant Commentary on Nagarjuna's Bodhisambhara Shastra.

By the early Indian monk, Bhikshu Vasitva (ca 300-500 ce). 

This is a very detailed commentary on the meaning of each stanza comprising Arya Nagarjuna's Treatise on the Provisions for Enlightenment. It is the only extant traditional commentary on this important work by Nagarjuna.

Part 1, The Bodhisambhara Treatise, Excerpt 1

Part 1, The Bodhisambhara Treatise, Excerpt 2

Part 1, The Bodhisambhara Treatise, Excerpt 3

Part 2, The Vasitva Commentary, Excerpt 1

Part 2, The Vasitva Commentary, Excerpt 2

Part 2, The Vasitva Commentary, Excerpt 3

Part 2, The Vasitva Commentary, Excerpt 4

Part 2, The Vasitva Commentary, Excerpt 5

Part 2, The Vasitva Commentary, Excerpt 6


Nagarjuna on the Six Perfections

Chapters 17-30 of Exegesis on the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra.

By Arya Nagarjuna (ca 2nd c.).

In this long free-standing section of his Perfection of Wisdom Exegesis, Nagarjuna sets forth numerous stories, analogies, and analyses as he explores the deepest meaning of giving, moral virtue, patience, vigor, meditative discipline, and transcendent wisdom, the six primary practices forming the core of the Bodhisattva Path.

The Perfection of Giving, Excerpt 1

The Perfection of Giving, Excerpt 2

The Perfection of Giving, Excerpt 3

The Perfection of Giving, Excerpt 4

The Perfection of Moral Virtue, Excerpt 1

The Perfection of Moral Virtue, Excerpt 2

The Perfection of Moral Virtue, Excerpt 3

The Perfection of Patience, Excerpt 1

The Perfection of Patience, Excerpt 2

The Perfection of Vigor, Excerpt 1

The Perfection of Vigor, Excerpt 2

The Perfection of Dhyana Meditation, Excerpt 1

The Perfection of Dhyana Meditation, Excerpt 2

The Perfection of Wisdom, Excerpt 1

The Perfection of Wisdom, Excerpt 2


A Strand of Dharma Jewels

The Earliest Edition of Nagarjuna's Ratnavali.

By Arya Nagarjuna (ca 2nd c.).

This is Tripitaka Master Paramartha's earliest (ca 550 ce) complete edition of Nagarjuna's Ratnavali, a 500-stanza treatise on the Bodhisattva Path in the form of a spiritual advisor's letter to an Indian King. In it, Nagarjuna presents both abstruse teachings and practical advice to lay and monastic practitioners.

Chapter 1, On Gaining Happiness and Liberation, Excerpt 1

Chapter 1, On Gaining Happiness and Liberation, Excerpt 2

Chapter 2, Advice on Various Topics, Excerpt 1

Chapter 2, Advice on Various Topics, Excerpt 2

Chapter 3, The Provisions for Gaining Enlightenment, Excerpt 1

Chapter 3, The Provisions for Gaining Enlightenment, Excerpt 2

Chapter 4, Guidance Especially for Rulers, Excerpt 1

Chapter 4, Guidance Especially for Rulers, Excerpt 2

Chapter 5, On Right Practice for Monastics, Excerpt 1

Chapter 5, On Right Practice for Monastics, Excerpt 2


Letter from a Friend

The Three Earliest Editions of Nagarjuna's Suhrllekha.

Via Tripitaka Masters: Gunavarman, Sanghavarman, & Yijing.

This is a guide to right Buddhist practice presented in the form of a letter of spiritual counsel to an Indian King.

The Gunavarman Translation, Excerpt 1

The Gunavarman Translation, Excerpt 2

The Sanghavarman Translation, Excerpt 1

The Sanghavarman Translation, Excerpt 2

The Yijing Translation, Excerpt 1

The Yijing Translation, Excerpt 2


Marvelous Stories from the Perfection of Wisdom

As told by Arya Nagarjuna in his Exegesis on the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra.

This volume consists of 130 didactic stories and short Dharma anecdotes selected from Nagarjuna's immense commentary on the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra. Each story is "framed" by the inclusion of Nagarjuna's introductory  and summarizing Dharma discussions.

Excerpt 1,   Stories on the Perfection of Giving

Excerpt 2,   Stories on the Perfection of Moral Virtue

Excerpt 3,   Stories on the Perfection of Patience

Excerpt 4,   Stories on the Perfection of Vigor

Excerpt 5,   Stories on the Perfection of Dhyana Meditation

Excerpt 6,   Stories on the Perfection of Wisdom

Excerpt 7,   Stories on Various Topics

Excerpt 8,   Stories on Various Topics

Excerpt 9,   Stories on Various Topics

Excerpt 10, Stories on Various Topics


On Generating the Resolve to Become a Buddha

Three Works on Bodhicitta:

      On Generating the Resolve to Become a Buddha. By Arya Nagarjuna. (Chapter Six of his Ten Grounds Vibhasa)

       Exhortation to Resolve on Buddhahood. By dhyana master & pureland patriarch, Sheng'an Shixian. (1686-1734)

       Exhortation to Resolve on Buddhahood. By the Tang literatus, dhyana practitioner, and prime minister, Peixiu.  (797-870)

Nagarjuna's On Generating the Resolve to Become a Buddha, Excerpt 1

Nagarjuna's On Generating the Resolve to Become a Buddha, Excerpt 2

Shramana Sheng'an Shixian's Exhortation to Resolve on Buddhahood, Excerpt 1

Shramana Sheng'an Shixian's Exhortation to Resolve on Buddhahood, Excerpt 2

Peixiu's Exhortation to Resolve on Buddhahood, Excerpt 1

Peixiu's Exhortation to Resolve on Buddhahood, Excerpt 2


Vasubandhu's Treatise on the Bodhisattva Vow

By Vasubandhu Bodhisattva (ca 300 ce).

This is Vasubandhu's treatise on the meaning of the Sutra on Generating the Resolve to Become a Buddha. In it, this famous and prolific treatise master presents an inspiring discussion of the essential nature and benefits of the bodhisattva vow along with a treatment of the six perfections through which bodhicitta is brought to fruition.

Excerpt 1:   Chapter 1,    Exhortation to Generate the Resolve

Excerpt 2:   Chapter 2,    Generating the Resolve

Excerpt 3:   Chapter 3,    The Establishment of Vows

Excerpt 4:   Chapter 4,    The Perfection of Giving

Excerpt 5:   Chapter 5,    The Perfection of Moral Virtue

Excerpt 6:   Chapter 6,    The Perfection of Patience

Excerpt 7:   Chapter 7,    The Perfection of Vigor

Excerpt 8:   Chapter 8,    The Perfection of Dhyana Meditation

Excerpt 9:   Chapter 9,    The Perfection of Wisdom

Excerpt 10: Chapter 10,  The Dharma Gateway of Accordance with Reality

Excerpt 11: Chapter 11,  Emptiness and Signlessness

Excerpt 12: Chapter 12,  On the Merit and Preservation of Dharma


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