Analysis of the Sravakabhumi Manuscript by Alex Wayman

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12 It may well be that Vasubandhu composed his Abhidharmakosa when he was fairly young, writing the basic karikas from the Vaibha~ika standpoint and the selfcommentary from the Sautrantika standpoint 'S in order to help bridge the two seemingly irreconcilable schools. At the time of composition, his work may well have been ignored, and perhaps he was less welcome in those quarters than he had previously been. This would be a propitious moment for Asanga to "convert" him to the Mahayana. After he had attained fame in the latter school, his earlier work, the Abhidharmakosa, would gradually attain a circulation and following which it could never have had if he had remained in the Sautrantika school.

397-434. , 398. Literary History 43 (15) Bodhisattvabhumi, (16) Sopadhika BhUmi, (17) Nirupadhika BhUmi. grahaT)'i to equal that of the BhUmivastu exactly. grahaT)'i, 692 folios; and the extremely literal method of translation into Tibetan usually maintains a proportionate measure with the original Sanskrit. grahaT)'i is a commentary on the seventeen bhumis in their order. grahaT)'i suggests to me that it was written in response to questions or objections regarding the material of the seventeen bhumis: after dwelling on a certain point, it may then skip over considerable material.

Then it seems that the author spent a number of years writing an encyclopedic work, the Y ogacarabh1lmi, in which he organized a tremendous amount of material from Hinayana and Mahayana works in amplification of the bhUmi system. 0 See M. , for a rejection of the tenuous assumption. 6. Obermiller, op. , 143. 40 The Sravalcabhumi Manuscript came to Nalanda where his elder brother had composed numerous treatises. ga, residing in the forest, Has practised meditation for twelve years. Without having attained anything by this meditation, He has founded a system, so difficult and burdensome, That it can be carried only by an elephant!

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