Re: [INDOLOGY] Quick Buddhism Question: Trikāya and Trisvabhāva

Matthew Kapstein mkapstei at
Mon Apr 17 20:45:28 UTC 2017

Sorry Jeff, but it's not quick and easy. The interpretation of the trisvabhāva
is far from settled and indeed was not quite settled even within the tradition.
Though your suggestion about the possible relationship with the three kāya-s
is of interest, I do not think that it can be supported simpliciter by the extant
sources. A recent discussion, by Mario D'Amato, that does consider the soteriological dimensions
of the three natures doctrine, and references much of the previous scholarship is:


Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études,
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago

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