PhD candidate / guest
Nobu Suzuki is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Area Studies.
A Study of the Candrottarādārikā-vyākaraṇa-sūtra and related materials
The *Candrottarādārikā-vyākaraṇa-sūtra (Tib.’phags pa bu mo zla mchog lung bstan pa zhes bya ba theg pa chen po’i mdo; Ch. Fóshuō yuèshàng nǚjīng佛説月上女經) is a mahāyāna sūtra that was probably composed around the third or fourth century CE in India. This sūtra gives a strong impact to a reader, demonstrating miracles of a supernatural 8-year-old girl named Candrottarā in a carefully worked-out plot, however, the sūtra had been little-known through the history of Buddhism. Some scholars point out that the sūtra was produced under the strong influence of the Vimalakīrtinirdeśa. In addition, the influence of the text on the 10th century Japanese folk tale Taketori Monogatari 竹取物語 (Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) has been demonstrated by several Japanese literary scholars.
This project focuses on providing a critical edition of the Candrottarādārikā through comparative studies of relevant texts in Tibetan, Chinese and Sanskrit. In parallel with this, I consider the contents in relation to themes regarding narrative similarities with other sūtras including the Vimalakīrtinrdeśa, the connection with the Taketori Monogatari, and issues on gender identity in Buddhism. Providing in-depth analyses of the Candrottarādārikā will make a significant contribution to our understanding of the position of the sūtra in Indian Buddhism and to its role in the formation and development of critical themes in the history of Buddhist thought.
Supervisor professor: prof. Jonathan A. Silk
- Sep. 2019-Present Ph.D. Candidate at Leiden University Institute for Area Studies
- Apr.2018- Sep. 2018 Visiting Scholar at Leiden University Institute for Area Studies
- Mar.2016 M. A. in Indian Philosophy & Buddhist Studies, Graduate School of Letters, Toyo University
- Mar.2013 B. A. in Indian Philosophy & Buddhist Studies, Department of Indian Philosophy, Faculty of Letters, Toyo University
Otc. 2016 1st Prize in the 2nd Nakamura Hajime Eastern Philosophy and Culture Study Prize (第二回中村元東洋思想文化賞「優秀賞」)
- “The Contrasts Between the Bodhisattvayāna and the Śrāvakayāna in the Śikṣāsamuccaya's Theory of Bodhicitta", in Journal of Indian and Buddhist Studies, Vol. 67-3 (148), Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies, 2019, pp. 101-105.
- “Śikṣāsamuccaya ni okeru śraddhā ni tsuite” (「Śikṣāsamuccayaにおけるśraddhāについて」, Features of Śraddhā in the Śikṣāsamuccaya) in Journal of Indian and Buddhist Studies, Vol. 66-2 (144), Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies, 2018, pp. 836-839.
- “Śikṣāsamuccaya ni okeru śraddhā (shin) no tokushoku”, (「Śikṣāsamuccayaにおけるśraddhā（信）の特色」, Features of Śraddhā (faith) in the Śikṣāsamuccaya) in Bulletin of the Graduate School, Toyo University Graduate School of Letters (Literature), Vol. 54, Toyo University, Tokyo, 2018, pp.191-206.
- “Śikṣāsamuccaya ni tokareru Saṃvara no gainen ni tsuite” ” (「Śikṣāsamuccayaに説かれるSaṃvaraの概念について」, The Concept of Saṃvara in the Śikṣāsamuccaya) in Bulletin of the Graduate School, Toyo University Graduate School of Letters (Literature), Vol. 53, Toyo University, Tokyo, 2017, pp.129-140.
- “Śikṣāsamuccaya ni tokareru jukaiho wo megutte” (「Śikṣāsamuccayaに説かれる受戒法をめぐって」, Conception of Self-restraint (saṃvara) in the Śikṣāsamuccaya: Development of Mahāyāna-style Precepts) in Toyo University Oriental Studies, Vol. LIV, The Institute of Oriental Studies, Toyo University, Tokyo, 2017, pp.121-143.