<i>Dhammapada-Aṭṭhakathā</i> における 「三道宝階降下」について

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  • Buddha’s Descent from Tāvatiṃsa Heaven in the <i>Dhammapada-Aṭṭhakathā</i>
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The story of Śākyamuni’s descent to earth after preaching for his mother Māyā in Tāvatiṃsa heaven is found in many Buddhist texts and artworks, and thus seems to have been regarded as one of the important events in Śākyamuni’s biography. However, there are some differences between its various versions. In this paper, I will first focus on its version in the Dhammapada-Aṭṭhakathā. Then, I will compare this version with others (found in Za ahan jing, Zengyi ahan jing, Yizu jing, <i>Genben shuo yiqie youbu pinaiye zashi</i> [= Chinese version of the Mūlasarvāstivādavinaya-kṣudrakavastu], Jātaka-Aṭṭhakathā, Paramattha-jotikā, etc.), examining differences between them. In doing so, I will make clear the tradition to which the version in the Dhammapada-Aṭṭhakathā belongs.


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