Harivarman, does anybody have more information about him?

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Harivarman, does anybody have more information about him?

Postby Hanzze » Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:15 am

I searched a little about Harivarman, but I could not find much. It seems that he was seen as conterpart of both great schools and both refer him as one of the opposite "sect".

Do anybody have more information?

from
Oxford Dictionary of Buddhism

(c.4th c. ce)

A Buddhist monk from central India, sometimes thought to be a member of the Bahuśrutīya subschool of the Mahāsaṃghikas, although his writings seem straightforwardly Sautrāntika. Reputedly a native of Kashmir he studied under the Sautrāntika master Kumāralāta before becoming dissatisfied with the conflicting views of the schools and desiring to reconcile their positions in a manner consonant with the original teachings of the Buddha. To this end he composed a treatise called the Tattvasiddhi Śāstra (also known as the Satyasiddhi Śāstra). His only surviving work, it is extant only in Chinese. It attained some popularity due to a mistaken belief that it taught orthodox Mahāyāna doctrines, such as emptiness (śūnyatā). In this work, which is divided in accordance with the Four Noble Truths, the author discusses a multitude of technical problems in Buddhist doctrine, and rejects those opinions which are not sanctioned by scripture. He follows the interpretation of no single school and states that he wishes to establish his own conclusions independently. He argues strongly for the recognition of the role played by the mind in the construction of reality through the medium of concepts and intellectual constructions (prajñapti). The present value of the treatise to scholars is as a compendium of proto-Mahāyāna teachings.


I also like to share a book of his work that I got from a monk: SATYASIDDHIŚĀSTRA
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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Re: Harivarman, does anybody have more information about him?

Postby ancientbuddhism » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:23 pm

Thank you for sharing this document.

Cousins references this text-translation in The ‘Five Points’ and the Origins of the Buddhist Schools, 6. The Arahat has doubt (pp. 37 – 38).

Tse-fu Kuan references Harivarman in Clarification on Feelings in Buddhist Dhyāna/Jhāna Meditation, p.290. And in Mindfulness in Early Buddhism, p. 30.

Kuan references Chang Lü connecting Harivarman to the Dārṣṭāntika school.

    Lü, Cheng 呂澂 (1982). Yin du fo xue si xiang gai lun 印度佛學思想概論 (An
    introduction to Indian Buddhist Thought). Taipei: 天華出版公司.
Fingers walk the darkness down
Mind is on the midnight
Gather up the gold you've found
You fool, it's only moonlight.
If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another. – Townes Van Zandt ‘Lungs’

Secure your own mask before assisting others. – NORTHWEST AIRLINES (Pre-Flight Instruction)

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Re: Harivarman, does anybody have more information about him?

Postby Hanzze » Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:28 pm

Lets have a look, thanks!

So far out of those resources:

Harivarman, who belonged to the Darvwantikas according to Lü (1982: 172) or to the Sautrantika-Darvwantikas according to Ven. Yinshun (1968: 574), but to the Bahunrutcyas according to Buswell and Jaini (1996: 94)
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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