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The vocabulary of Buddhist Sanskrit: Problems and perspectives

O.Von Hinüber

in Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197262856
eISBN:
9780191753961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262856.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter analyses the problems associated with Buddhist Sanskrit vocabulary. The obvious reason for these problems is the well-known linguistic diversity that prevailed in the vast area of India ... More


Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples

Nicholas Sims-Williams (ed.)

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197262856
eISBN:
9780191753961
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262856.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

The recent developments in our understanding of the history of the Indo-Iranian languages and their speakers are surveyed and assessed in this book by a group of linguists and archaeologists. In the ... More


Recent Discoveries of Early Buddhist Manuscripts: And Their Implications for the History of Buddhist Texts and Canons

Richard Salomon

in Between the Empires: Society in India 300 BCE to 400 CE

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195305326
eISBN:
9780199850884
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305326.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines recent discoveries of early Buddhist manuscripts and discusses their implications for the history of Buddhist texts and canons. All of the manuscripts in question were written ... More


Introduction

Charles Goodman

in Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195375190
eISBN:
9780199871377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375190.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This Introduction starts by discussing the aim of the book which is to provide a systematic, philosophical exploration of the nature of Buddhist ethics, drawing on sources from South Asia and Tibet. ... More


Mapping Religious Difference: Lay Buddhist Textual Communities in the Post-Mao Period

Gareth Fisher

in Recovering Buddhism in Modern China

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780231172769
eISBN:
9780231541107
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172769.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Gareth Fisher’s chapter based on ethnographic fieldwork examines the formation of distinctive textual communities among contemporary lay Buddhists; he shows how different communities formulate ... More


Ancient Afghanistan and its invaders: Linguistic evidence from the Bactrian documents and inscriptions

Nicholas Sims-Williams

in Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197262856
eISBN:
9780191753961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262856.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

During the last ten years the corpus of Bactrian texts has increased dramatically. The dates of the Bactrian documents range from 342 to 781 a.d., a span of more than four centuries extending through ... More


Four Illusions: Candrakirti's Advice to Travelers on the Bodhisattva Path

Candrakirti

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195151138
eISBN:
9780199870448
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195151135.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Āryadeva's Four Hundred Stanzas (Catuḥśataka) is a Mahāyāna Buddhist text that describes the Bodhisattva's path toward enlightenment. In his commentary on this text, the Indian Buddhist philosopher ... More


Conclusion: A Cavalier Attitude Toward Truth-fathers

Alan Cole

in Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahayana Buddhist Literature

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520242760
eISBN:
9780520931404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520242760.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The chapter appraises the study of Buddhist texts, bringing up several arguments on the narrative analysis, literary strategies, and basic impression they make. The conclusion of this study shows ... More


Introduction: The Cult of the Book and the Culture of Text

Charlotte Eubanks

in Miracles of Book and Body: Buddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520265615
eISBN:
9780520947894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520265615.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter introduces the connection between the sacred text and the devotional body in medieval Japan. It notes that the main focus of the book is on Buddhist texts, and stresses the importance of ... More


“Just Sitting”?: Dōgen’s Take on Zazen, Sutra Reading, and Other Conventional Buddhist Practices

T. Griffith Foulk

in Dōgen: Textual and Historical Studies

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199754465
eISBN:
9780199932801
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754465.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter is based on a close reading of passages in the Shōbōgenzō and elsewhere on sutra reading, which is one of the practices that Dōgen says is unnecessary in the oft-quoted passage ... More


Models of Instruction: Preachers Perfect and Imperfect

Richard F. Nance

in Speaking for Buddhas: Scriptural Commentary in Indian Buddhism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231152303
eISBN:
9780231526678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231152303.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter discusses teaching as characterized in Buddhist texts and as undertaken by those who intend to convey those texts authoritatively. It examines the normative and historical elements of ... More


Miracles of Book and Body: Buddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan

Charlotte Eubanks

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520265615
eISBN:
9780520947894
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520265615.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book explores the intersection of two key genres of sacred literature in medieval Japan: sutras, or sacred Buddhist texts; and setsuwa, or “explanatory tales,” used in sermons and collected in ... More


Working with Texts

Lynn Huber and Robin Rinehart

in Teaching Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199732869
eISBN:
9780199918522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732869.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Undergraduate Research in the discipline that makes use of the textual studies model provides study of the construction, comparison, and close analysis of religious texts. This chapter describes the ... More


A Day in the Life: Dōgen’s View of Chan/Zen Lineage in Shōbōgenzō “Gyōji”

Steven Heine

in Dōgen: Textual and Historical Studies

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199754465
eISBN:
9780199932801
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754465.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter points out that “Gyōji” is one of several Shōbōgenzō fascicles that is unique in varying ways. The majority of fascicles focus on Mahayana Buddhist doctrines explicated in terms of kōan ... More


Models of Speaking: Buddhas and Monks

Richard F. Nance

in Speaking for Buddhas: Scriptural Commentary in Indian Buddhism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231152303
eISBN:
9780231526678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231152303.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter analyzes the concept of “right speech” expressed in Buddhist texts by looking at two normative models. The first is prescriptive, which provides a guide to what, when, where, and how one ... More


What Is on the Other Side?: Delusion and Realization in Dōgen’s “Genjōkōan”

Steven Heine

in Dōgen: Textual and Historical Studies

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199754465
eISBN:
9780199932801
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754465.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter deals with one of the most frequently cited but still controversial and contested passages in Dōgen's corpus, in which he argues, “When perceiving one side, the other side is concealed” ... More


The Role of Translation in Reconstructing the Early Mahāyāna

Daniel Boucher

in Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the Mahayana: A Study and Translation of the Rastrapalapariprccha-sutra

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824828813
eISBN:
9780824869274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824828813.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter considers translation in the Indian and Chinese contexts before embarking on a demonstration of the translation process undergone for the purposes of this volume. Although translation ... More


Dōgen Studies on Both Sides of the Pacific

Steven Heine

in Dōgen: Textual and Historical Studies

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199754465
eISBN:
9780199932801
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754465.003.0000
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This introductory chapter first sets out the primary purpose of the book, which is to inform the reader regarding the nature of Zen Master Dōgen's writings as a whole, including various versions of ... More


The Story of Utpalavarṇā

Jonathan A. Silk

in Riven by Lust: Incest and Schism in Indian Buddhist Legend and Historiography

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824830908
eISBN:
9780824868987
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824830908.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines a lengthy tale of a woman named Utpalavarṇā, later to become a famous nun, and the multiple instances of incest that punctuate her life story. The tale of is contained in the ... More


Textual Genealogies of Dōgen

William M. Bodiford

in Dōgen: Textual and Historical Studies

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199754465
eISBN:
9780199932801
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754465.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter introduces, surveys, and evaluates the main texts by Dōgen, including the major editions of the Shōbōgenzō, in order to correct many current misimpressions. It examines in fine detail ... More


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