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Buddhism in Translations

Buddhism in Translations
  • #: 100634
  • Price: $3.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: 2009-02-18
  • Current Version: 1.0
  • 1.0
  • Size: 1.10 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Indianic, LLC
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 2.1 or later
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Buddhism in Translations

by Henry Clarke Warren

Basic introduction to key Pali writings. Background on the Buddha, doctrines, monastic order and secular life. pub. 1896, used widely as a text. Original documents, notes, and critical ed.

It is an anthology of excerpts from various Pâli sources, and as such, it subjects us to Warren's judgment as to what is important to read.

All that being said, however, it is still a quite worth while book, and a fine introduction to the vast range of Pâli Buddhist literature. The translations are of a high quality given their time period, and many of the excerpts are of good size, including a number of complete texts. While it may not be suitable for use as devotional text or scholarly reference, it does have value in its own right.

This book was translated and edited by Henry Clarke Warren (1854-1899), and published in 1896 as Volume III of the Harvard Oriental Series. As such, it (like The Sacred Books of the East) suffers from some of the deficiencies of Victorian-era translations, mainly: intentionally archaic phrasing (although not as much as is found in many books), versification that today strikes us as stilted (if not downright bad), and translations of some Buddhist technical terms that may show a lack of understanding for the subtleties of Buddhist thought (very notably, the use of the word 'priest' instead of 'monk' to translate 'bhikku', which is not at all a subtle distinction) and have been superceded in more modern translations. Also, it is an anthology of excerpts from various Pâli sources, and as such, it subjects us to Warren's judgment as to what is important to read.

All that being said, however, it is still a quite worthwhile book, and a fine introduction to the vast range of Pâli Buddhist literature. The translations are of a high quality given their time period, and many of the excerpts are of good size, including a number of complete texts. While it may not be suitable for use as devotional text or scholarly reference, it does have value in its own right. Some of the material included (especially the excerpts from the Visudddhi Magga) is not available in any other public domain sources, and at a mere 496 pp. it is concise introduction to the major ideas of Theravada Buddhism. A second table of contents for the book has also been provided, reorganizing the material according to the original sources.

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Dated (of course) but Quite Interesting ...

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As historiography & also as decent an attempt @ rendering Pali in2 English as any since. Much material here.

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