New translations from Kalavinka

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New translations from Kalavinka

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All are Mahayana, but there may be connections found by those who study & ponder. See just the two posts with pictures of the books.

https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f ... 88#p509188


A photo of the covers - books will not be available for a month or so:

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Thank you for sharing, Will.

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SDC wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:47 pm
Thank you for sharing, Will.
Perhaps most interest for this site will fall on the Mindfulness of the Buddha text by Nagarjuna.
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Good news! Thank you.

I see one chapter of the Avatamsaka Sutra is listed. I thought there were plans for a publication of a complete translation by Kalavinka Press and BDK. Any word on what happened to that?

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Caodemarte wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:34 pm
Good news! Thank you.

I see one chapter of the Avatamsaka Sutra is listed. I thought there were plans for a publication of a complete translation by Kalavinka Press and BDK. Any word on what happened to that?
It is happening - just v e r y slowly...
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Will wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:39 pm
Caodemarte wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:34 pm
Good news! Thank you.

I see one chapter of the Avatamsaka Sutra is listed. I thought there were plans for a publication of a complete translation by Kalavinka Press and BDK. Any word on what happened to that?
It is happening - just v e r y slowly...
🙏

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The new translations are now up at Amazon. Search for Kalavinka Press to see the new Chinese-Skt-English versions of several titles. Also the new Ten Grounds Sutra versions, one by Kumarajiva & one by Shiksananda. Both of these also have PL Vaidya's Sanskrit in appendices.

The smaller Buddha mindfulness book has three methods, with differing purposes. It is also a valuable text.
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For those who do not read Chinese, nor Sanskrit, (nor wish to learn) the two fat volumes of Nagarjuna's Treatise on the Ten Bodhisattva Grounds can be ignored.

There is also a one volume English only version. With a very comprehensive outline of contents, Glossary & Notes over 700 pages, and radiant with good Dharma!
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Will wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:59 pm
For those who do not read Chinese, nor Sanskrit, (nor wish to learn) the two fat volumes of Nagarjuna's Treatise on the Ten Bodhisattva Grounds can be ignored.

There is also a one volume English only version. With a very comprehensive outline of contents, Glossary & Notes over 700 pages, and radiant with good Dharma!
Bhikkhu Bodhi was a helper of Bhikshu Dharmamitra's during this translation process.
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Part of the Introduction to new book - Nāgārjuna on Mindfulness of the Buddha:
In this volume I present Ārya Nāgārjuna’s explanations of three
closely related but rather different “mindfulness-of-the-Buddha”
practices that are sometimes mistaken for each other:

“Mindfulness of the Buddha” as Pure land practice;
“Mindfulness of the Buddhas” as cultivation of the “seeing-the-Buddhas” (pratyutpanna) samādhi;
and “Recollection of the Buddha” as a protective practice.

In order to facilitate the clear understanding of the first two of
these three topics, I present exemplary chapters from Nāgārjuna’s
Treatise on the Ten Grounds, and, to distinguish and clarify the final
topic, I present a long passage from Nāgārjuna’s Exegesis on the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra.

In his Treatise on the Ten Grounds, a third of the way through his
discussion of the first bodhisattva ground, Nāgārjuna explains the
“pure land” practice that involves reverential devotion to and invocation
of the name of a particular buddha with the aim of achieving
irreversibility on the bodhisattva path with the option of gaining
rebirth in that buddha’s purified buddha world. It is my translation
of that single-chapter discussion, “The Easy Practice” (Chapter 9)
that constitutes the first section of this book.

Later in that same text, in the final third of his discussion of the
first bodhisattva ground, Nāgārjuna explains in great detail how
to engage in “mindfulness of the Buddhas” practice in such a way
that one may then enter the pratyutpanna samādhi, the samādhi in
which one is able to see the buddhas of the ten directions and listen
to them teach the Dharma. It is my translation of that marvelously
detailed six-chapter discussion of “mindfulness of the Buddhas”
that forms the second section of this book.

Two thirds of the way through the immense (34-fascicle)
“Introduction” to his 100-fascicle Exegesis on the Great Perfection of
Wisdom Sutra
, Nāgārjuna presents a very detailed description of
“the eight recollections” of which the initial subsection is his discussion
of “recollection of the Buddha.” It is my translation of that
discussion that forms the third section of this book.
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The old Kalavinka Press website has been updated. Now many excerpts from the new texts are included in the Dharma Jewels section:

http://kalavinka.org/index.html
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This quote is from Nagarjuna's Treatise on the Ten Grounds Sutra, p. 216. Some verses on merit or good karmic effects vs bad karmic effects which may sound familiar. Bhikkhu Bodhi references the similar Lump of Salt sutta in AN:
When a pint of salt is thrown into an immense pond,
its flavor remains no different,
However, if one instead mixes it into a small container of water,
the harshness of the salt makes the water undrinkable.

This is analogous to there being a person with a great stock of merit
who has but few karmic offenses
and who is not bound to fall into the wretched destinies,
but rather undergoes mild retribution under other conditions

while there is another person with only a scant amount of merit
who has committed but few karmic offenses that,
because his mental resolve is but narrow and small,
is caused by those karmic offenses to fall into the wretched destinies.

If someone’s physical vitality (lit. “fire”) is weak in its strength,
when he eats but a little of something difficult to digest,
although this person doesn’t die,
his body undergoes much suffering.

If someone’s physical vitality is strong,
when he eats but a little of something difficult to digest,
such a person never dies from it
and undergoes only a minor amount of suffering.

If the vitality of one’s goodness, merit, and wisdom is weak,
and he has committed but few bad karmic offenses,
there is nothing to save him from these karmic offenses,
and hence they are able to cause his descent into the hells.

In the case of someone possessed of great merit,
even though he may have done bad things involving karmic offenses,
they may not compel him to fall into the hells,
for he may instead undergo only mild present-life retribution.

Take for example the case of Aṅgulimāla.
Although he murdered many people
and also wished to harm his mother and the Buddha,
he still attained the path of arhatship.
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Cultivating the actions that lead to acquisition of the thirty-two marks
[of a buddha] is an endeavor rooted in wisdom. Therefore:

There are four dharmas able to bring about the lessening and loss
of wisdom that the bodhisattva should abandon. [...]
What are the four dharmas leading to loss of wisdom? They are:

The first is failing to revere the Dharma or one who speaks the Dharma.
The second is being secretive and miserly in the teaching of essential dharmas.
The third is presenting an obstacle to someone fond of Dharma and
thereby harming their motivation to listen to the speaking of Dharma.
The fourth is harboring an arrogant attitude and consequently elevating
oneself while looking on others as inferiors.
Nagarjuna
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What are the four dharmas leading to acquisition of wisdom? They are:

First, one reveres the Dharma as well as those who speak the Dharma.
Second, one explains Dharma for others as one has heard it and as
one has studied and recited it, doing so with a pure mind and
without seeking to receive offerings.
Third, knowing that the realization of wisdom occurs through extensive
learning, one diligently and unremittingly applies oneself to
one’s study, doing so as urgently as if one were putting out a fire in his turban.
Fourth, one accepts and upholds in practice, in a manner faithful to
how it was taught, whatever Dharma one has learned, never forgetting
it. In so doing, one esteems actions that are consistent with
the words and does not esteem words alone.

These are the four. If one does not damage his roots of goodness, he
will be able to abandon the four dharmas leading to loss of wisdom
while being able to practice the four dharmas leading to acquiring
wisdom.
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Excerpts from both the old and new translations by Bhikshu Dharmamitra:

http://kalavinka.org/Jewels/jewels_toc.htm
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