By Michael Zimmerman
1. A research and translation of the Tathagatagarbhasutra; 2. severe and diplomatic variations of the Tathagatagarbhasutra ; The variations [Tibetan and chinese language] comprises vast biliographical references and index.
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One might argue that the situation in the upameya cannot be compared very smoothly to the upamiina. However, the other parts of the first simile clearly demonstrate that it is not an embryonic seed or such that is contained in living beings but a tathagata itself. Further, if a philological analysis like that provided in <%la allows us to interpret the compound in a sense not contradictory to the setting of the material sphere, there can be no reason to adopt another alternative. Regarding the third translation in <%lb, namely that of III.
This section on merit might otherwise have been the end of the siitra, which is the position it usually occupies in other texts, were it not for the fact that it is followed in the TGS by two other parts, with which I will now deal. The story of *Sadapramuktarasmi and *Anantarasmi (11) was probably added to raise the authoritative status of the siitra by embedding it in a quasi-historical context, 37 As mentioned in the notes to my translation, a passage in the KP resembles the TGS most in this respect.
The authors remark that "unknowingly, the hunters have become terrible predators. Entire colonies of bees are destroyed when Mani Lal [the leader of the hunters1cuts down their nests. " The price in 1988 for 454 g (1 pound) of honey was ten Nepalese rupees, a sum which must be seen in relation to the average two rupees a day on which about 60 percent of the rural population then lived. 36 The beneficial result is likened to living beings who become tathagatas and can perform buddha-acts for the good of other sentient beings.
A Buddha within: The Tathagatagarbhasutra: The earliest exposition of the Buddha-nature teaching in India by Michael Zimmerman