The Holy Teaching ofVimalakirti: A Mahayana Scripture / Edition 1

The Holy Teaching ofVimalakirti: A Mahayana Scripture / Edition 1

by Robert A. F. Thurman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271006013

ISBN-13: 9780271006017

Pub. Date: 10/01/1990

Publisher: Penn State University Press

This book presents the major teachings of Mahāyāna Buddhism in a precise, dramatic, and even humorous form. For two millennia this Sūtra, called the “jewel of the Mahāyāna Sūtras,” has enjoyed immense popularity among Mahāyāna Buddhists in India, central and southeast Asia, Japan, and especially China,

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This book presents the major teachings of Mahāyāna Buddhism in a precise, dramatic, and even humorous form. For two millennia this Sūtra, called the “jewel of the Mahāyāna Sūtras,” has enjoyed immense popularity among Mahāyāna Buddhists in India, central and southeast Asia, Japan, and especially China, where its incidents were the basis for a style in art and literature prevalent during several centuries.

Robert Thurman’s translation makes available in relatively nontechnical English the Tibetan version of this key Buddhist scripture, previously known to the English-speaking world only through translations from Chinese texts. The Tibetan version is generally conceded to be more faithful to the original Sanskrit than are the Chinese texts. The Tibetan version also is clearer, richer, and more precise in its philosophical and psychological expression. The twelve books of the Sūtra are accompanied by an introduction and an epilogue by Dr. Thurman and by three glossaries: Sanskrit terms, numerical categories, and technical terms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271006017
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1990
Series:
Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
117
Sales rank:
918,904
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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