The Uttaratantra of Maitreya - Containing Introduction

The Uttaratantra of Maitreya - Containing Introduction

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Author: H S Prasad
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
Year: 1997
Language: English
Pages: 327
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170302633


This book is in four parts. The first part consists of Introduction by H S Prasad. He argues for sempiternal, dynamic and substantive reality underlying all appearances. He shows that as one rises to a higher level of consciousness, the various yanas, like sravakayana, pratyekabuddhayana, bodhisattvayana and Mahayana, all merge into ekayana; for each contributes to the gradual realization of the oneness of ultimate reality, thus paving the way for the emergence of universal culture.

On Prasad’s view the much talked-about negativism of the Madhyamika-sarvadrstisunyata-is not an end in itself, rather it is a basis for the realization of the essential unity of all beings, sentient as well as insentient, leading to the cultivation and promotion of universal good, compassion and friendliness.

In the second part is reprinted the Sanskrit text of Maitreya’s Uttaratantra. The third part includes corrections and emendations suggested by Jikido Takasaki in the Sanskrit text in the light of Tibetan and Chines versions. The fourth part is an English translation of the text from its Tibetan version by E. Obermiller.

This book is a radical departure from the traditional interpretations of Buddhism and the Madhyamika philosophy in particular. It aims at reviving philosophy as cultural activity, a path to enlightenment and spiritual discipline.



Part I: Introduction

Part II: Sanskrit Text

Part III: Correction and Emendations

Part IV: English Translation