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By Tony Duff

The Sutra of the Recollection of the Noble 3 Jewels is a compilation of the Buddha's teachings referred to as "the recollections". The memories are primary all through all Buddhist traditions as a manner of remembering the 3 Jewels and deepening religion in them. This publication is a very entire number of every little thing had to research, perform, or even translate the Sutra.

The e-book begins with 3 chapters of advent which clarify: the origins of the Sutra; the numerous translation matters raised by way of the Sutra; and the way to review and guidance the Sutra. those chapters comprise a wealth of fabric accrued and organized in a single position via the writer after years of research of the Sutra. They comprise whatever for everybody. There are discussions of religion and the way to arouse it utilizing the Sutra. There are huge discussions of translation that are a must-read for an individual doing translation paintings from Tibetan Buddhist texts; they conceal very important problems with translation that experience now not been noticeable in print thus far. Then there's precious counsel on the best way to learn and comprehend the Sutra. there's additionally a bit on tips to entry the magic of primary fact utilizing the Sutra.

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One way to get a feel for them is to look at the listings made in Indian Buddhist literature in which the qualities of the Three Jewels are explained to be equivalent to six qualities of jewels. 1) The Three Jewels are “byung bar dkon pa ‹› rare in occurrence” because they are only discovered when beings have accumulated sufficient merit to meet with them, which is similar to jewels being very rare and difficult to find. 2) The Three Jewels are “dri ma med pa ‹› stainless” because they are naturally free of stain, similar to jewels being free of stain by nature.

Moreover, as the Sutra itself repeatedly says, the good qualities of buddha, dharma, and sangha are “immeasurable” and also “inconceivable”, so repeated study of it also is indicated. How are the words of the Sutra that describe the good qualities of the Three Jewels being used? Are they just general words being thrown around to describe their good qualities in the way that the normal world throws superlatives around without thinking? Or do they have very precise meanings that always convey a great deal of meaning?

Secondly, the Tibetan translators could not agree on a single term for its translation. It is an example that shows the difficulties of translation and which also proves that the process of translating from the Indian language into the Tibetan one was not perfect. The term “upanåyika” refers to the specific situation in which a young Hindu man is taken to his family’s Hindu guru in order to prepare him spiritually. The guru takes the young man, draws him right up to himself, then empowers him into the Hindu understanding of liberation, which the guru represents.

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