『大集経』に見られるanabhilapyaの用例と『菩薩地』の思想形成との関連について  [in Japanese]

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The aim of this paper is to consider the theoretical relationship between the Mahāsamnipātasūtra and the Bodhisattvabhūmi (BBh) that is suggested by the term an-/nir-abhilāpya, which plays in both texts as important a role as any other term and can be regarded as having been used as a special term in arguing their main ideas. Modern scholars have generally assumed that the theories of the BBh developed under the influence of the Cūļasuññatasutta solely on the basis of an alleged quotation from this sutra. But the passage in question is so commonly known in Buddhist literature that we cannot identify with any certainty the particular source from which the BBh actually quoted it. What makes us more skeptical of the direct influence of the latter on the former is the fact that the Cūļasuññatasutta lacks the term nimbhilāpya, without which the main ideas of the BBh cannot be formutalted. Some scholars refer to the influence of the Prajñāpāramrtāsūtra on the BBh, but this argument seemes not to be supported by any actual investigation and does not go beyond general impressions. It must be noted that the author of the Bodhisattvabhūmivyākhyā, a commentary on the BBh, expressly states that the sutras cited in the BBh are ""the Akşayamatinirdcśa and the like,"" and the commentator regards the BBh as having been produced under the influence of the sutras which belong to the Mahāsamnipāta group. Taking the fact into consideration that some of the Mabāsamnipātasūtmas use the term an-/nir-abhilāpya when discussing one of their main subjects, it seems very plausible that the Mahāsamnipāta and BBh share a theoretical background. In order to investigate the oldest theories of the Mahāsamnipāta, the present paper takes up three particular sutras, the Akśayamatmirdesśa, Ratnadārikāsūtra and Dhāraņīśvararājasūtra, all of which are the oldest Chinese translations by Dharmarakśa among the group, and examines the usage of the term anabhilāpya by comparing it with nirabhilāpya in the BBh. Two points are made in conclusion: 1)We find the oldest example of nirabhilāpya in the Akşayamatinirdeśa, where it means that ""the Buddha's teachings are not to be expressed in any words,"" and this is different from its meaning in the BBh, where it implies ""there exists something inexpressible."" 2)There are some cases attested to in the Chinese versions by Dharmarakşa which suggest that the word anupalambha used in an earlier stage was later changed to anabhilāpya. It is remarkable that, judging from the age of the Chinese translations (late 3 CE to early 4 CE), this alternation seems to have occurred almost at the same time when the BBh was compiled, and in addition the same change in wording took place in the Prajñapāramnitāsūtra at almost the same time.

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  • Studies in Indian philosophy and Buddhism,Tokyo University

    Studies in Indian philosophy and Buddhism,Tokyo University (6), 31-45, 1999-03

    東京大学大学院人文社会系研究科・文学部インド哲学仏教学研究室

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    120000873341
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AN10419736
  • Text Lang
    JPN
  • Article Type
    departmental bulletin paper
  • ISSN
    09197907
  • NDL Article ID
    4902739
  • NDL Source Classification
    ZH2(哲学・宗教--哲学) // ZH7(哲学・宗教--宗教--仏教)
  • NDL Call No.
    Z9-B19
  • Data Source
    NDL  IR 
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