A Clear Differentiation of the Three Codes: Essential by Sa-Skya Pandi-Ta Kun-Dga-Rgyal-Mtshan, Sakya Pandita Kunga

By Sa-Skya Pandi-Ta Kun-Dga-Rgyal-Mtshan, Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltshen, Victoria R. M. Scott, Jared Douglas Rhoton

The 1st English translation of the influential and arguable Tibetan Buddhist vintage.

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The transmission of vows and initiations according to certain dreams; 14. The ritual imparting of the vows of the ultimate bodhicitta-generation (paramiirthabodhicitta); and 15. ' Although the Tibetan masters or traditions that maintained these positions have mostly been identified by later commentators, it is a pity that other aspects of the work's historical background, such as the cultural and political situation in Tibet in the 1220s and 1230s, have so far been impossible to document in any detail.

55 Establishing his headquarters at the Trulpa'i De monastery to the east of Liangchou, Sapan must have remained active, ecclesiastically and otherwise, during the final years of his life. r gsa/). apada. 5Bit is said that these thirty-two signs had hitherto become visible only on the bodies of Gautama Buddha and Nagarjuna. 51, at the age of sixry-nine. Before dying, he gave his sixteen-year-old nephew Phakpa Lodro Gyaltshen his own alms-bowl, a gold image of Sakyamuni, a white conch, andmanybooks of scripture.

90 That Sapan was surprised by the extent of the outrage and resentment directed at him is especially evident in two other epistles, his Letter to the Noble-Minded {sKyes bu dam pa rnams la spring bdi yi ge) and Letter to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas ofthe Ten Directiom,91 also translated here. In these two works and a number of other short texts, Sapan remains firm and calls again for an open-minded inquiry into the issues he raises in the Three Codes. in connection with A Clear Differentiation ofthe Three Codes is clear from the number of exegetical writings on this work composed by subsequent Sakyapa learned masters.

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