Asvaghosa s Buddhacarita or Acts of the Buddha

Asvaghosa s Buddhacarita or Acts of the Buddha (Hardcover)

By E H Johnston 
Publisher: munshiram manoharlal publishers pvt. ltd.
Edition: Hardcover
Edition Number: 1
Language: English
ISBN: 8121507103
EAN: 9788121507103
No. of Pages: 653
Publish Date: 2016-09-05
Binding: Hardcover
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About The Book

The Buddhacarita is a well-planned work written in Sanskrit by Asvaghosa who was a contemporary of Kusana emperor Kaniska. It is one of the few biographies of Buddha that is complete commencing with his birth and ending with his nirvana. This work is composed in the style of ornate court poetry or kavya. Unlike the Mahavastu and the Lalitavistara, it is a systematic treatment of the subject matter. The poet is not only moderate in language and style, but he also uses restraint in the presentation of miracles in the Buddha legend, keeping himself far removed from exaggeration.

Unfortunately, only half of the work, i.e., 14 of 28 cantos survive in its original Sanskrit, providing us the story upto the Maravijaya; Tibetan and Chinese translations consist of the entire 28 cantos.

The present edition contains the Sanskrit text of cantos I-XIV; translation of cantos I-XIV; translation of remaining cantos XV-XXVIII based on available Tibetan and Chinese versions.

About The Author

Edward Hamilton Johnston (26 March 1885-24 October 1942) was a British oriental scholar who was Boden Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Oxford from 1937 until his death. Edward Hamilton Johnston was born on 26 March 1885. He was educated at Eton College before studying at New College, Oxford. He joined the Indian Civil Service, winning the Boden Sanskrit Scholarship during his probation, and worked in India from 1909 onwards in various capacities. Although Johnston seems only to have published one article in India (on a group of medieval statues), his later works show that he had noted local Indian practices in agriculture and

other areas, since he made reference to these in his analysis of Sanskrit texts. Between 1928 and 1936, he published an edition and translation of the Buddhacarita ("Acts of the Buddha") by the second-century author, Asvaghosa; this was described in The Times as his "magnum opus". In 1937, he was elected Boden Professor of Sanskrit and Keeper of the Indian Institute at the University of Oxford, also becoming a Professorial Fellow of Balliol College. He died on 24 October 1942 at the age of 57.

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Title: Asvaghosa s Buddhacarita or Acts of the Buddha
Publisher: munshiram manoharlal publishers pvt. ltd.
Author: E H Johnston
Edition: Hardcover
Edition Number: 1
Language: English
ISBN: 8121507103
EAN: 9788121507103
No. of Pages: 653
Publish Date: 2016-09-05
Binding: Hardcover


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