The Range of the Bodhisattva (Ārya-bodhisattva-gocara)

A Mahayana Sutra

Introduction and Translation by Lozang Jamspal. Edited by Paul G. Hackett

American Institute of Buddhist Studies

The Range of the Bodhisattva (Ārya-bodhisattva-gocara)

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Pub Date: September 2011

ISBN: 9781935011071

308 Pages

Format: Hardcover

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The Range of the Bodhisattva (Ārya-bodhisattva-gocara)

A Mahayana Sutra

Introduction and Translation by Lozang Jamspal. Edited by Paul G. Hackett

American Institute of Buddhist Studies

This is a study and the first complete English translation of the Mahayana Sutra, 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 Candapradyota and the Nirgrantha sage, Satyaka, who is later revealed by Sakyamuni 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 sutra 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 sutra 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.

Published by American Institute of Buddhist Studies (AIBS)
In bringing the dharma into the worldly domain of politics and statecraft, albeit on a classical Indian model of kingship, this sutra acts as a Buddhist prescription for a tough, lawful, and cautious ruler. Buddhadharma

About the Author

Lozang Jamspal has the Rigs chen degree from Tashi Lhunpo Monastic University in Tibet; the Acharya degree in Sanskrit from Sanskrit University Varanasi; and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is presently lecturer in Buddhist Sanskrit and classical Tibetan in the Department of Religion at Columbia University.