Karmasiddhiprakarana: The Treatise on Action by Vasubandhu by Leo M. Pruden

By Leo M. Pruden

Lower than the effect of his instructor, Louis de los angeles Valle Poussin, Prof. Lamotte released a number of works in French, that have been basically versions, translations and commentaries on Tibetan and chinese language Buddhist texts. The theories and ideas contained during this specific paintings are heavily concerning these of the Abhidharmakosa, and as such it makes a invaluable better half to that higher paintings. the following Prof. Pruden has supplied a masterful English translation of Prof. Lamotte's paintings, and has additional a short biography of Prof. Lamotte and his scholarly accomplishments to familiarize the reader with this nice student of Buddhism.
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Here, some say: Action done by the body (kdyakrta) is called bodily action; the voice (vac), being action, is called vocal action. These two are information5 (vijnapti) and non-information (avijnapti)6 by nature (svabhdvatas). Action associated with the mind (manahsamprayukta) is called mental action. This action has only volition (cetand)1 for its self-nature (svabhdva). What is the dharma called information? The action of bodily information (kdyavijnaptikarman) has rupa-shape (sarhsthdnarupa) for its nature.

4 = Ko&a, iv, p. 12; the items cooked (pdkaja) due to the action of fire, sun, snow and vinegar, Para. 7, 8c, 8e = Ko&a, iv, p. 7; the flame of the lamp (dipajvdla) and the sound of the bell (ghantdsabda), Para. 8a == Kosa, iv, p. 6; milk (ksira) and curdled milk (dadhi), Para. 9 = Ko&a, v, p. p. 239; wine (mrdvikd), Para. 9 = Ko&a, iv, p. 246; the shade (chdyd) which moved, Para. 10 = Ko&a, i. p. 16; the flower of the citron tree (mdtulungapuspa) painted with lacquer (laksdrasa), Para. 19, 20, 32, 40 = Ko&a,.

In other words, our author recognizes the reality of the external object (artha). Together with the early schools of Buddhism (see Siddhi, p. 127), he discovers in all consciousnesses: 1. an object (dlambana), an external thing; 2. an aspect (dkdra) or internal image of this thing; 3. a particular consciousness (viiesa), action properly so-called. Para. 37b allows no doubt with respect to this. b. The alaya appropriates the body to itself, as defined in Para. 44: an accumulation of atoms of both primary and derived matter.

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