Serious Play: Recent Scholarship on the Lalitavistara

The Lalitavistara is one of the most influential hagiographies of the Buddha. It has been known in Sanskrit since the early days of modern studies of Buddhism, but was long available only in inadequate editions. That has now changed with the publication of the edition of K. Hokazono, now complete in...

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Published in:Indo-Iranian journal
Main Author: Silk, Jonathan A. 1960-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Brill 2022
In: Indo-Iranian journal
Year: 2022, Volume: 65, Issue: 3, Pages: 267-301
Further subjects:B sūtra
B Lalitavistara
B Sanskrit Buddhist literature
B Text Criticism
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Summary:The Lalitavistara is one of the most influential hagiographies of the Buddha. It has been known in Sanskrit since the early days of modern studies of Buddhism, but was long available only in inadequate editions. That has now changed with the publication of the edition of K. Hokazono, now complete in three volumes. The present paper discusses something of the history of the study of the text, Hokazono’s edition, and another recent book by G. Ducoeur that deals with the text, as well as touching on a contribution by Xi He on the poetics of the text. It includes a concordance of a recent translation from Tibetan published by the 84000 project, aligning its sections with the Sanskrit editions of Lefmann and Hokazono.
ISSN:1572-8536
Contains:Enthalten in: Indo-Iranian journal
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/15728536-06503004