By Michael Zimmerman
1. A learn and translation of the Tathagatagarbhasutra; 2. serious and diplomatic variants of the Tathagatagarbhasutra ; The variants [Tibetan and chinese language] contains wide biliographical references and index.
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Appears here for the first time in the. text to designate the tathligatas in the flowers. Parallel to this, 35 Whilst simile -lA contains the introductory fonnula rigs kyi bu dag 'di Ita ste dper na / (Skt. *tadyathapi nama kulaputral;), which is the common fonnulation applied in all other eight similes, in OM the introduction runs rigs kyi bu dag ji Itar. ) 30 again from OM onwards, there is a different term to denote a very high number. Whereas up to OJ we find kotiniyutasatasahasra, from OM onwards we [md only kotisatasahasra.
The bodhisattvas "apply themselves" to his teaching and fmally become buddhas. The simile begun in OM is thus expanded on logically and is rounded off at the end of lB. The paradigmatic statement at the beginning of lB, on the other hand, is not part of the simile. As a part of simile lA, it may have served the function of a summarizing formula which repeats the foregoing in traditional words. (5) Finally, I shall deal with the five verses following the prose passage. 1 shows a close affinity with IA.
Meanwhile the Buddha had been stressing the equality between the tathagatas within and himself. Why should he again mention the act of perceiving? Further, the whole of the. sentence, as it. is found in the Tibetan, seems very uncommon and strange in the context of the TGS, the tathiigatacak:;us ("tathagata-vision") being charaCterized as *priisiidika (mdzes pa; in my translation rendered as "admirable"), a term usually applied to persons. 34 A plausible reason for interpolating the passage may have been the wish to use the central term tathiigatagarbha, which until this passage had not come up in OM.