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The Mahavastu, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)
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The Mahavastu, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)

J. J. Jones

Published by Forgotten Books | Language - English | Binding - Paper Back

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Excerpt from The Mahavastu, Vol. 1

The following translation of the Mah vastu was undertaken at the request of the late Mrs. Rhys Davids. As is well known, it was her inspired aim to have all Buddhist scriptures made available for students in translation as well as in the original languages. She worked with such zeal and industry to this end that she was fast approaching the realisation of her aim when she passed away.

With regard to the translation of the Mah vastu more than one scholar tried to dissuade her from the project, urging chiefly the unsatisfactory state of the text. Senart himself, the editor of the only printed text, had in the introduction to his work expressed the opinion that a complete translation would be' a la fois longue, fastidieuse et insuffisante, and would involve lengthy discussions on linguistic and textual matters. But in reply to such objections Mrs. Rhys Davids would argue from the standpoint of a student of religion. The text, she would say, must be coherent enough and intelligible enough in its broad outline to admit of an English rendering which would be sufficiently correct to give the reader an adequate comprehension of yet another of the books in which the ancient Buddhists had expressed their faith and belief. And if subsequent work on linguistic and textual criticism wrought so many changes in the text that a fresh translation would become necessary, this pioneer effort at a first translation would not be wasted.

The translator, who took up the study of Sanskrit and Pali primarily in order to acquire first-hand acquaintance with the religious literature of India, readily concurred with this view. And his belief in the utility of a translation of this in many ways perplexing text has been strengthened in the course of his work in translating. He is firmly of opinion that no summary of the text and no treatise on it, however lengthy and detailed, can compare in utility to the student of Buddhism with a comp…

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Book: The Mahavastu, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)
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ISBN-13: 9781330274453
Binding: Paper Back
Publishing Date: 2018-04-19
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Number of Pages: 348
Language: English

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