The Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhara: An Introduction with Selected Translations

Intro -- Title Page -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Preface -- Introduction: The Rediscovery of Gandhāran Buddhist Literature -- Part I. Contexts -- 1. The World of Gandhāran Buddhism -- Gandhāra and India's Northwest Frontier -- The Bloody History of Paradise -- Early Buddhism and Gand...

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Main Author: Salomon, Richard
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Somerville Wisdom Publications 2018
Series/Journal:Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism
Online Access: Volltext (Aggregator)
Parallel Edition:Print version: Salomon, Richard: The Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhara : An Introduction with Selected Translations. - Somerville : Wisdom Publications,c2018. - 9781614291688
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Summary:Intro -- Title Page -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Preface -- Introduction: The Rediscovery of Gandhāran Buddhist Literature -- Part I. Contexts -- 1. The World of Gandhāran Buddhism -- Gandhāra and India's Northwest Frontier -- The Bloody History of Paradise -- Early Buddhism and Gandhāra -- Aśoka and the Mauryan Empire -- The Indo-Greeks -- The Age of the Scythian Kingdoms -- The Climax of Gandhāran Buddhist Culture under the Kuṣāṇa Empire -- The Decline of Buddhism in Gandhāra -- The Legacy of Gandhāran Buddhism -- 2. Buddhist Manuscripts, Buddhist Languages, and Buddhist Canons -- Buddhist Texts and Canons -- The Languages of Buddhism -- Gāndhārī and Kharoṣṭhī -- Deciphering Gāndhārī Documents -- The Destiny of Gāndhārī and the Triumph of Sanskrit -- The Gāndhārī Hypothesis -- Further Discoveries of Gandhāran Manuscripts -- The Character of the Scrolls -- 3. The Buddhist Literature of Gandhāra -- The Scope of Gandhāran Buddhist Literature -- Canonical and Paracanonical Sūtras -- Vinaya Texts -- Abhidharma and Scholastic Literature -- Edifying Narratives -- Mahāyāna Texts -- Miscellaneous Texts -- What Did Gandhāran Buddhists Read? -- Oral and Written Texts and Canons -- Was There a Gāndhārī Canon? -- The Problem of School Affiliation -- Part II. Texts -- Sūtras in Prose -- 1. Three Numerically Grouped Sūtras -- a. The Buddha and the Brahman Dhoṇa -- b. The Words of the Buddha -- c. The Four Efforts -- 2. Five Thematically Grouped Sūtras -- a. The Four Concentrations -- b. Not Yours -- c. Living Full of Disenchantment -- d. The Adze Handle -- e. The Parable of the Log -- Poetic Texts -- 3. The Rhinoceros Sūtra -- Translation -- 4. A Chapter from the Dharmapada -- The Monk -- Legends and Previous-Life Stories -- 5. Songs of Lake Anavatapta -- a. Mahākāśyapa -- b. Nanda -- c. Śroṇa Koṭiviṃśa -- g. Yaśas -- e. Piṇḍola Bharadvāja
f. Vāgīśa -- g. Nandika -- h. Kusuma -- 6. Six Stories of Previous Lives and Other Legends -- a. The Story of a Rich Man -- b. The Previous Life of the Bodhisattva as a Merchant -- c. The Previous Life of the Bodhisattva as Prince Sudaṣṇa -- d. The Previous Life of Ājñāta Kauṇḍinya as a Potter -- e. The Previous Life of Ānanda as a Prince -- f. The Monk and the Saka -- 7. Avadāna Legends -- a. The Contest between the Black and White Magicians -- b. The Story of Zadamitra -- 8. The Many Buddhas Sūtra -- Translation -- Scholarly Commentaries and Debates -- 9. A Commentary on the Sūtra of Chanting Together -- a. The Five Faculties -- b. The Six Roots of Argument -- 10. A Commentary on Canonical Verses -- a. Trade What Ages -- b. Endowed with Proper Conduct -- c. An Angry Man -- 11. An Abhidharma Treatise on Time and Existence -- Translation -- The Emerging Mahāyāna -- 12. The Perfection of Wisdom Sūtra -- a. The Practice of the Knowledge of All Forms -- b. The Teaching on Merit -- Conclusions -- State of the Art and Future Prospects -- What Have We Learned? -- Appendices -- 1. Specimen of a Verse in Various Buddhist Languages -- 2. Specimen of a Gandhāran Buddhist Inscription: The Reliquary of Śatruleka -- Notes -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Image Credits -- Index -- About the Author -- Copyright
ISBN:1614291853