Donald S. Lopez, Jr. - Keynote of the 2019 Tathāgatagarbha Symposium

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In his keynote lecture to the Vienna Tathāgatagarbha Symposium, Donald Lopez provides an overview of the history and influence of tathāgatagarbha doctrine as well as its various interpretations across the Mahāyāna world.

Abstract from the Author

Tathāgatagarbha: A Brief History
A term of indefinite meaning and uncertain origin, tathāgatagarbha is one of the most inspiring, provocative, and controversial concepts in the vast literature of Buddhism. Variously interpreted as the promise of buddhahood for all, the promise of buddhahood for some, and a provisional teaching for those intimidated by emptiness, it has generated commentary from across the Mahāyāna world among many of the most influential masters of India, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan. This lecture will seek to provide an overview of the history and influence of tathāgatagarbha.

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People Mentioned

Gregory Schopen
Eugène Obermiller
1901 ~ 1935
Khensur Rinpoche Ngawang Nyima
1907 ~ 1990
David Seyfort Ruegg
1931 ~ 2021
500 ~ 578
Eugène Burnouf
1801 ~ 1852
499 ~ 569
4th-5th century
4th century
Robert M. Gimello
ca. 2nd century
5th century ~ 6th century
Daniel Stevenson
Heshang Moheyan
8th century ~ 9th century
Hakamaya Noriaki
Matsumoto Shirō
1357 ~ 1419
Dölpopa Sherab Gyaltsen
1292 ~ 1361
The Third Changkya, Rolpai Dorje
1717 ~ 1786
Yumo Mikyö Dorje
1038 ~ 1117
Kunga Drolchok
1507 ~ 1566
Rendawa Zhönu Lodrö
1349 ~ 1412
Featuring Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
Creator University of Vienna, Tsadra Foundation
Event Tathāgatagarbha Across Asia (16 July 2019, University of Vienna, Austria)
Related Website Buddha-Nature Project
Video Web Location Tathāgatagarbha Across Asia
Creation Date 16 July 2019
Citation Lopez, Donald S., Jr. “Tathāgatagarbha: A Brief History.” Keynote lecture at the University of Vienna Symposium, Tathāgatagarbha Across Asia, Vienna, Austria, July 2019. Video, 40:17.