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It means that Asanga could already be engaged in a mature work destined to be of enduring fame in the Buddhist world while Vasubandhu had hardly been born or was a mere child or lad. It makes more reasonable the statement in Paramartha's life: "After the death of Asariga, Vasu-bandhu began to write tbe Maha-yana treatises and comment on several Maha-yana sutras. "10 Frauwallner writes (p. 21): "Furthermore, in a passage where Vasubandhu speaks of pilrvikaryal]" 'teachers of yore' (p. 281, 27 on Abhidharmakosa, III, v.

Ola from eastern (purva) Videha, and with his instruction Asaitga penetrated the 'small vehicle' (h'inayilna). ola may have belonged to the Mahisasakas. 's account has it, Asaitga utilized the supernatural powers of the 'small vehicle' (apparently the rddhipilda) to ascend to the Tu~ita heaven, the residence of the bodhisattva and future buddha Maitreya. The latter taught him voidness according to the Mahayana, as well as the 'Sunlight samadhi' (*suryaprabhii-samildhi), which enabled him to understand everything.

Mam neB kyi lun) is also quoted therein, the claim by some that it is a work by Asanga is very unreasonable. i, and the difficult spots well determined. Consequently there is no necessity for this teacher (acarya) to make a side commentary. It is plain that Tsori-kha-pa refers to the bh~ya on the Sa1f1,dhinirmocanasutra attributed to AsaIiga. In the Tibetan colophon to this work in the Derge Tanjur (no. 3981) occurs the phrase 'written by the acarya II Obermiller, op. , 140. Literary History 35 Asanga' (slob dpon thogs med lcyis mdzad pa).

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