Robert Kritzer

The Garbhāvakrāntisūtra
A Buddhist sūtra on Conception, Gestation, and Birth

  • Datum: Mo, 4.Juni 2012 15:00
  • Ort: Zentrum für Asienwissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 (Erdgeschoß)
  • Apostelgasse 23, 1030 Wien
  • Organisation: IKGA

Thema/ Topic

In Garbhāvakrāntisūtra (Sūtra on Entering the Womb), the process of rebirth is described in detail. The sūtra centers around a week by week account of the development of the fetus and its uniformly unpleasant experience in the womb. It also describes conception and the factors that may interfere with it, as well as birth itself, and it relates the sufferings that begin to afflict all beings from the moment of birth. An important purpose of the sūtra is to arouse disgust with the birth in in saṃsāra and encourage abandonment of the wordly life.

In this lecture Prof. Kritzer discusses the different versions of the text, as well as some features of the version in the Tibetan MūlasarvāstivādavinayaKṣudrakavastu, of which he is preparing a critical edition and translation. He will also address the Buddhist discourse on the body and impurity.

Vortragender/ Speaker

Robert Kritzer is currently working at Notre Dame University in Kyoto. His special research interests include without limitation early Yogācāra, abhidarma, intermediate existence (antarābhava) as well as accounts of childbirth in Indian Buddhism. He has also done research concerning the relation between Buddhism and the Indian medical tradition as well as the traditional study of the Abhidharmakośa in Japan. Among others, Prof. Kritzer published "Rebirth and Causation in the Yogācāra Abhidharma" (Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde 44. Wien: Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien, Universität Wien, 1999) and "Vasubandhu and the Yogācārabhūmi: Yogācāra Elements in the Abhidharmako śabhāṣya" (Studia Philologica Buddhica Monograph Series 12. Tokyo: The International Institute for Buddhist Studies, 2005).