The heart of the message of this Nirvana Sutra lies in four key points:. Perhaps most important for Shinnyo-en practitioners, however, is the equal footing the Nirvana Sutra accords lay disciples and monastic trainees. In transcending this distinction and emphasizing that any true seeker can attain enlightenment, it welcomes all practitioners to the path of cultivating the Four Immeasurable Merits of lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. Nirvana Sutra. The heart of the message of this Nirvana Sutra lies in four key points: Buddhahood is always present: The presence, guidance, and compassion of buddhas is timeless; the essence of the Buddha is present in our time as well as a cosmic reality that knows no beginning and no end.
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But the Tathagata is glad, and has no angry face. Can this man harm the Tathagata and actualise the deadly sin? Why not? Because the body of the Tathagata cannot be destroyed. Because it is not anything of the compounded carnal body. What there is is "Dharmata" [Dharma-Nature]. The principle of "Dharmata" is indestructible. How can this man hope to break the Buddha-Body? Because of his evil thought, this person falls into Avichi Hell. Welcome back.
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Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra
It shares its title with another well-known Buddhist scripture , the Mahaparinibbana Sutta of the Pali Canon but is quite different in form and content. The Nirvana Sutra mentions some of the well-known episodes in the final months of the life of the Buddha. The sutra uses these narratives as a springboard for the expression of Mahayana ideals. Its main teachings centre on the eternity of the Buddha , the reality of the True Self , and the presence of the Buddha-dhatu Buddha Nature in all beings. Though not a specialist on this text, Paul Williams opines that as Mahayana sutra , it is of rather late date after the 2nd century CE. In contrast to this view , specialist scholars believe that the compilation of the core portion corresponding to the Faxian and Tibetan translations must have occurred at an earlier date, during or prior to the 2nd century CE, based internal evidence and on Chinese canonical catalogs.
Mahayana MAHAPARINIRVANA SUTRA
The original Sanskrit text is not extant except for a small number of fragments, but it survives in Chinese and Tibetan translation. It exists in Chinese and Tibetan versions of varying lengths. According to Hodge, some other versions have also existed: . Masahiro Shimoda discerns two versions: .