Asvaghosa’s Buddhacarita or Acts of the Buddha (Sanskrit text with English translation Cantos I to XIV translated from the original Sanskrit and cantos XV to XXVIII translated from the Tibetan and Chinese versions together with and introduction and notes)

By: E.H. Johnston

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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. Printed Pages:653.

Title: Asvaghosa’s Buddhacarita or Acts of the Buddha (Sanskrit text with English translation Cantos I to XIV translated from the original Sanskrit and cantos XV to XXVIII translated from the Tibetan and Chinese versions together with and introduction and notes)

Author Name: E.H. Johnston

Categories: India, Buddhism and Buddhist Studies,

Edition: Reprint

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2016

ISBN: 8121507103

ISBN 13: 9788121507103

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 15 x 23 Cm

Seller ID: 039761

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