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Buddhacarita

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:45 pm

From the Chinese, the famous life of Buddha by Ashvagosha. Supposedly more prosaic than the lyrical Sansksrit - Numata 2009.

They also have it online, for free, in PDF: https://www.bdkamerica.org/digital/dBET ... a_2009.pdf
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Re: Buddhacarita

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:28 am

Maybe I am the most (surely not the only) bookish chap here, but if there are others who have studied any of the titles mentioned in the Book Review section, then chime in with your thoughts. Or add a notice of some other titles that have passed your way.

For example, has anyone read the Johnston translation (I think it was) Buddhacarita from the Sanskrit?

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Re: Buddhacarita

Postby Kare » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:26 am

Will wrote:Maybe I am the most (surely not the only) bookish chap here, but if there are others who have studied any of the titles mentioned in the Book Review section, then chime in with your thoughts. Or add a notice of some other titles that have passed your way.

For example, has anyone read the Johnston translation (I think it was) Buddhacarita from the Sanskrit?


I read part of it along with studying the Sanskrit text years ago. But I have not looked at it since, so at the moment I really couldn't say much about it.
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Re: Buddhacarita

Postby Astus » Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:36 pm

Not too long ago I've read a partial (some later chapters were missing) Hungarian translation made from the Sanskrit. The whole text is as kitschy and Bollywood-Indian as it can be. It wasn't a pleasure to read. Although the chapter on Kantaka (the Buddha's horse) was so absurd that it was funny. Well, I guess Kantaka is my favourite character in the entire story.
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.


1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"


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