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Nobuyuki Suzuki

PhD candidate / guest

Name
N. Suzuki
Telephone
+31 71 527 2727
E-mail
n.suzuki@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Nobuyuki Suzuki is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Area Studies.

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PhD research

A Critical Edition, Translation and Study of the Candrottarādārikāvyākaraṇa.

This project aims to provide a critical text, English translation, and comprehensive analysis of the Mahāyāna sūtra the *Candrottarādārikāvyākaraṇa. The Sanskrit means “Prediction Concerning the Girl Candrottarā”, and indeed the principal character and speaker throughout the work is not the Buddha or any high Bodhisattva, but the 8-year-old girl Candrottarā, who is the daughter of Vimalakīrti in the ancient Indian city of Vaiśālī. Despite her young age, she is skilled at argument and with a profound knowledge of the Buddha's teaching; the debate between Candrottarā and Śāriputra is one of the most striking scenes of the text. The Candrottarādārikāvyākaraṇa was probably composed around the third or fourth century CE in India. There are two extant versions of the text, one translation each in Tibetan and Chinese, as well as Sanskrit fragments that are preserved in the Śikṣāsamuccaya and in the Schøyen collection. 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 discussed by several Japanese literary scholars. However, the existing research that has been conducted on the Candrottarādārikāvyākaraṇa, in both English and Japanese, is limited, and there remain many unaddressed questions. Therefore, I consider the contents in relation to themes regarding narrative similarities with other sūtras including the Vimalakīrtinirdeśa, the connection with the Taketori Monogatari, issues on gender identity, childhood, prodigy, and the role of prophecy (vyākaraṇa) in Mahāyāna contexts. Providing in-depth analyses of the Candrottarādārikāvyākaraṇa 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: prof. Jonathan A. Silk.

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Education

  • 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

Grants

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」) 

Publications

  • 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.

 

Ancillary activities

Nobuyuki (Shinko) Suzuki is a Buddhist priest, ordained in the 1200-year-old Koyasan Shingon tradition of Japanese Buddhism. In March 2020, he performed the fire ritual (Goma) at Buddha Pāda Institute in Perli Thegchog Ling Monastery in Kalimpong, India. Alongside his academic and religious career, he is a teacher of social science at Japanese Saturday School Amsterdam since April 2021.

PhD candidate / guest

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS India en Tibet

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden

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