Композиционные приемы и тематика эссе Хань Юя «Истоки пути»
The collective monogrtaph "Phänomenologie und Buddhismus" brings together research articles from philosophers as well as from specialists in oriental studies. In the center of attention stays the intersection between the phenomenological philosophical discourse and the (mostly far-eastern) buddhist tradition.
The governance arrangements put in place for Siberia and Mongolia after the collapse of the Qing and Russian Empires were highly unusual, experimental and extremely interesting. The Buryat-Mongol Autonomous Socialist Soviet Republic established within the Soviet Union in 1923 and the independent Mongolian People’s Republic established a year later were supposed to represent a new model of transnational, post-national governance, incorporating religious and ethno-national independence, under the leadership of the coming global political party, the Communist International. The model, designed to be suitable for a socialist, decolonised Asia, and for a highly diverse population in a strategic border region, was intended to be globally applicable. This book, based on extensive original research, charts the development of these unusual governance arrangements, discusses how the ideologies of nationalism, socialism and Buddhism were borrowed from, and highlights the relevance of the subject for the present day world, where multiculturality, interconnectedness and interdependency become ever more complicated.
Religious teachings have played a significant role in the development of human rights, but nowadays, they do not exert any serious influence on the latter. In recent decades, the major religions focus on developing their own human rights concepts which are compared to modern liberal theories. Such religious teachings differ in several relevant aspects. The beginnings of Buddhism and Protestantism do not reject the democratic and liberal understanding ofhuman rights, but the Orthodoxyand Islam focus on opposing their attitudes to such interpretation. The question as to the possibilityto take into account religious views within the framework of human rights legal theory remains open.
The author compares the interpretations, which the leading Russian sinologists worked out for the concept of Dao (Way) in taoist treatise Dao de jing, shows how these interpretations are determined with the points of view on the text designation, philosophical world outlooks and methodological approaches as well, clears up similarities and distinctions between the approaches and the main trends of their evolution.
During 1998-2010 the National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow) has been surveying the results of activities of most leasing market operators in Russia, including all the largest ones. The results of the scheduled annual analysis undertaken by us to survey the activities of leasing companies in the Russia indicate that the year 2010 was successful for the leasing business. According to the Leaseurope, and author’s data, Russia occupies the 5th place in Europe after Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, French. In practice many Russian leasing companies have managed not only to copy but also successfully to adapt the experience of the countries with developed leasing industries. Despite the growth in new business, account must be taken of the quality of the leasing portfolio. It turned out that it just got a little better as compared with the previous year. The analysis showed that cost of loans taken for financing leasing operations, as well as the cost of the funds of a leasing company, the funds of the lessee, the use of factoring, promissory notes/exchange bills, securities and other instruments, depends on a variety of factors, including: financial independence of leasing companies; the risks associated with the sale of a leasing product; the security for the transaction; the terms of depreciation of leased property, the terms of credit contract and of leasing contracts; the currency of the leasing transaction; whether the funds are borrowed on the domestic or on the international capital market; the schemes for carrying out a leasing operation, etc. With each year there the number of Russian leasing companies that can obtain financing directly from foreign banks grows. There is a growth in the volume of credit operations with the involvement of the national agencies for insurance of export-import operations, e.g. from Germany, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, the USA and other countries. Securitisation of leasing assets held at the junction of four financial tools – lending, leasing, factoring, securities issues. This innovative mechanism that requires subtle scientific and practical configuration achieves remarkable economic performance update, modernisation and re-equipment of enterprises. The author has developed a system of securitisation leasing asset pricing which is feasible through a set of equations that balance the interests of the participants. The article also examined the status of concentration of leasing market, its regional and sectoral structures.
Mahāvairocanābhisaṃbodhi-sūtra (MVS) is one of the two principal texts of esoteric (tantric) Buddhism. It expresses the ideal of devotées& sj called “religion of caryā” (differing from yoga-tradition: teaching of “those sitting and contemplating”, expounded in Vajraśekhara-tantra) and suggests concrete and practical way to become enlightened; this way is expressed in general picture of universe – Matrix maṇḍala (garbhadhātu-maṇḍala).
Presumably, its Sanscrit original was written in India in the 2-nd half of VII century a.d. Adequate descriptions of the period discussed remains only in the diaries of Chinese monks who went to India; in Indian or Tibetan sources we find nothing of the kind.
Indian monk Śubhakarasiṃha translated MVS around 724 using the copy that he and Yi-hsing discovered in Hua-yeng Temple in the capital of Chang-an. It was one of the texts that Wu-hsing collected during his 8-years stay in India. It is highly possible that MVS was compiled and started to gain popularity soon after Wu-hsing arrived in India sometime in the middle of the VII c. From its contents becomes immediately clear that it was combined from different sources. Chinese and Japanese traditions accept from ancient times thet Chapter I is a complete work in itself and differs from the rest text. We cannot exclude that it was a separate work of Mahayāna, processed accodringly and put in the beginning of MVS. By the same way, during the compillation some prose Chapters were added (VIIIth – «Samadhi without perception appearances», XXth – «Perfction of bodhisattva in accordance with upāya»). Earlier prose segment of Chapter VI («Real nature of siddhi attaining») is based on the parallel fragment from Tri-samāya-vyuha).
The earliest text of MVS consisted possibly if three blocks of Chapters: exploring body maṇḍala (II–VI), maṇḍala of speech (X–XII) and maṇḍala of conscience (XIII–XVI) together with some remaining Chapters that covered general items related to the theme.
Simultaneously to translating Śubhakarasiṃha was interpreting the text orally, and that «lectures» wrote down his disciple Yi-hsing – mathematition and astronomer, who made those notes the base for the main Chinese commentary to MVS.
We know very little about another commentator of MVS and other tantric texts – Buddhaguhya (parts and extracts of his conmentary are translated and put in present work). He was born presumably around 700 or somewhat earlier and lived mainly in the region of Varanasi, being the younger contemporary of Buddhajñānapada – one of the leaders of the group that developed main points of Guhyasamāja-tantra. He received many admonitions and initiations of this tradition. It was said that he also studied texts of Māya-jāla cycle, in particular Guhya-garbha tantra, under teacher Lilavajra.
The central theme of MVS: what is Perfect Enlightenment and how it can ve reached? This Enlightenment is personified in the figure of Buddha Mahavairocana; correspondingly the aim proclaimed for all devotées is to become Mahavairocana. This main idea has three interdependent aspects: reasonal base, nature of Perfect Enlightenment and its result.
Reasonal base is double edged: there is a direct reason (enlightened conscience bodhicitta that is inherent in all living beings and garantees obtaining of enlightenment), there is indirect reason (striving for enlightenment and the Way including eight levels of conscience, 60 types of conscience and super-human levels of śravakas, pratyekabuddhas and bodhisattvas).
Natural aim of enlightenment – to comprehend ones conscience (citta) as it is.
Its result – manifestation of Mahavairocana in three appearances: Body (Nirnamakāya), Speech (Saṃdhogakāya) and Conscience (Dharmakāya) in forms of maṇḍala, mantra and mūdra. This creates connection between practitioners and Mahavairocana, giving them possibility to become enlightened.
Methods of gaining Perfect Enlightenment forms two groups: those described in Chapter I, and those mentioned in other Chapters. Three main technics of the first group are: 1) meditative contemplation with the aim of comprehending ones own conscience, 2) understanding that there are no images and forms to be comprehand through conscience, 3) contemplating three types of defiled conscience.
The second group of technics is more «tantric»; yogin must imagine moon disc as a manifestation of bodhicitta on the corresponding level. On that disc is placed mantra in the form of Sanscrit letter; then the body form of god is imagined and mantra produces sound from the heart of that god.
Three forms of the main Matrix maṇḍala are described in MVS: Chapter II presents them in physical forms, Chapter VIII – in Sanscrit seed-syllables, Chapter XI – in symbolic objects.
MVS was introduced to Japan in the first part of the VIIIth century, but its text gained new life after Kukai (774-835) returned from China in 806 and made it the cornerstone of newly founded Shingon shcool.
Supplements placed at the end of the book consist of: a complete translation of Yi-hxing’s Commentary to the 1st Chapter of MVS, Yi-hxing’s biography from Tsan-ning’s “Son’s Biographies of Distinguished Monks”, abstract concerning Yi-hxing from Kukai’s work about the patriarchs of Mantrayana, short outline of Yi-hxing’s life.
National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and author has been researching the leasing market of Russia for 15 years. The results of the annual review shows that the 2011 year was successful for the leasing business. According to Leaseurope and author of Russia took the 5-th place in Europe after Germany, Britain, France, Italy. The article presents the dynamics that characterizes the development of market in the country by value of new contracts, the largest leasing portfolios, calculated author of segmental structure of the leasing market and regional structure. Particular attention is paid to the analysis of the factors influencing the big-ticket deals, because they account for about 70% of the total portfolio. The article presents results of regression analysis for large-scale transactions, 247 correlation of price formation on leasing services depending on the cost of funding, advances, interest rate, duration of contracts, the margin of the lessor. Exploring the structure of financing of leasing operations, the author has developed a new approach to determining leverage leasing projects.