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Abhidharmakosa-Bhasya of Vasubandhu: The Treasury of the Abhidharma and Its Commentary (4 vols) Hardcover – August 31, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-8120836075 ISBN-10: 8120836073 Edition: 2012th

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  • Hardcover: 2898 pages
  • Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass; 2012 edition (August 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8120836073
  • ISBN-13: 978-8120836075
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,559,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vasubandhu (ca.350-430 A.D.) was born in Purusapura in Gandhara and is, next to Asanga (ca. 330-405 A.D.), his half brother, the most famous personage of the Yogacara school. He originally belonged to the Sravakayana school of the Sarvastivadins and had already made a name for himself through the composition of numerous treatises when he was won over to the Mahayana by Asanga, sometime in his forties. Vasubandhu counts as the great systematizer of Buddhism and is one of the six great ornaments-six great commentators of the Buddha's teaching. Even though in the Kosa Vasubandhu seems to be generally partisan to the "Hinayana"-Sautrantikas, he too was evidently open-minded, of which fact the Kosa is a testimony, and accordingly he did not seem to have become exclusively partisan to the tenets of any group as such be it those of Hinayana or Yogacara-Sautrantika or Sarvastivada.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liam on February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This edition is a triumph for Buddhist studies. A thoroughly annotated, complete translation of a seminal, indispensible classic for any student of Buddhism - regardless of denomination, school, path or vehicle. Nevertheless, generally speaking, Vasubandhu can be understood in the light of classical Yogacara, rather than Sautrantika, Vaibhashika, Sarvastivada, or any and all other Hinayana schools. Therefore this text is especially useful to the study and comprehension of certain advanced Mahayana sutras, such asa the Samdhinirmocana Sutra and Lankavatara Sutra, which heavily promulgate the doctrine of Mind-Only with a decidely Abhidharmic bent, especially the former of the two (which is the more important of the two).

Also, a splendid, informative and intelligent introduction sets forth the content and style of the work wonderfully. And if that wasn't enough, the publishers have seen fit to include flowing, handsome and elegant fonts here and there throughout the edition. Add in the Sanskrit-English glossaries, a handy bibliography, and various other shreds of source material and so forth that are included, this is nothing short of a marvellous landmark in Western Buddhist publishing.
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By Steve on April 20, 2014
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Books were delivered promptly and in excellent shape. Price was definitely within my budget. I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to further their Buddhist Studies.
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