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chos kyi dbyings su bstod pa
In Praise of Dharmadhātu
D1118   ·  T1,675
Also known as the Dharmadhātustotra, it is a praise written in verse attributed to Nāgārjuna. A Sanskrit manuscript found in Tibet was recently published in 2015. However, before this it was only extant in Tibetan and Chinese translations, though fragments of this text were found to be quoted in other Sanskrit texts. It is notable as perhaps the only work of Nāgārjuna that takes a positivistic view of emptiness and the existence of wisdom, in this case represented by the dharmadhātu. In fact much of the language echoes descriptions of buddha-nature. Though modern scholarship has thus called the attribution of this text to Nāgārjuna into question based on its contents, Tibetan scholars have utilized the text as a support for works that promote or defend tathāgatagarbha and it is especially prominently featured in works on other-emptiness (gzhan stong) and Great Madhyamaka.
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Translations of This Text

  • Brunnhölzl, Karl, trans. In Praise of Dharmadhātu. By Nāgārjuna and the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (rang byung rdo rje). Nitartha Institute Series. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 2007.
  • Zhen, Liu. The Dharmadhātustava: A Critical Edition of the Sanskrit Text with the Tibetan and Chinese Translations, a Diplomatic Transliteration of the Manuscript and Notes. Sanskrit Texts from the Tibetan Autonomous Region 17. Beijing, Vienna: China Tibetology Publishing House, Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2015.

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Text Metadata

Other Titles ~ Dharmadhātustotra
Text exists in ~ Tibetan
~ Chinese
~ Sanskrit
Canonical Genre ~ Tengyur · Sūtra · bstod tshogs · Stotragaṇa
Literary Genre ~ Offerings and Praises - mchod bstod
Commentaries on this text
  1. Karmapa, 3rd, (Rang byung rdo rje). Dbu ma chos dbyings bstod pa'i rnam par bshad pa. In Gsung 'bum rang byung rdo rje, Vol. 7: 1-125. Zi ling: Mtshur phu mkhan po lo yag bkra shis, 2006. Buda by BDRC Logo.jpg
  2. ShAkya mchog ldan. Chos kyi dbyings su bstod pa zhes bya ba'i bstan bcos rnam par bshad pa chos kyi dbyings rnam par nges pa). In Gsung 'bum/ shAkya mchog ldan, Vol. 7: 303-346. New Delhi: Nagwang Topgyal, 1995. Buda by BDRC Logo.jpg

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