Divine Stories: Divyavadana Part 1

Andy Rotman

Verlag: Wisdom Publications, 2009
ISBN 10: 0861712951 / ISBN 13: 9780861712953
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Verkäufer Vikram Jain (New Delhi, DELHI, Indien)
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The Divyavadana is an enormous compendium of Indian Buddhist narratives written in Sanskrit from the early centuries of the Common Era, whose stories have since spread throughout Asia, as both narrative and narrative art, leaving an indelible mark on Buddhist thought and practice. The stories in the collection were frequently used in the education of both monastics and laity in premodern Asia, exerting a powerful influence as moral exempla and legal precedent, and they were considered by many to be the word of the Buddha himself. These stories were likewise canonical in their influence on Buddhist art. Representations of these stories can be found across Asia, from Kizil in China to Sanchi in India to Borobudur in Indonesia. It is not hyperbole to say that these are some of the most influential stories in the history of Buddhism. The stories presented here, among the first texts to be inscribed by Buddhists, highlight the moral economy of karma, illustrating how gestures of faith, especially offerings, can bring the reward of future happiness and ultimately liberation. Printed Pages: 528. Size: 15 x 23 Cm. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 028084

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Críticas: "Divine Stories offers us a rich selection from the "Divyavadana," a narrative collection of north Indian Buddhism ably translated from the Sanskrit by Andy Rotman. Sprung forth from the creative soil of the Indian Buddhist imagination, these stories concretely represent the impact of the Dharma on the lives of those who turned to it for guidance. Despite the title, these are essentially human stories which record the trials and struggles of the Buddha's personal disciples as they meander through the corridors of samsara, seeking light, purity, and final freedom."
-- Bhikkhu Bodhi, author of "In the Buddha's Words"
"This new series is a very welcome initiative from Wisdom Publications. Such works are eagerly awaited by many scholars and practitioners of Buddhism throughout the world."
-- Jean-Luc Achard, editor of the "Revue d'Etudes Tibetaines"
"The "Divyavadana" is a major anthology of popular Indian Buddhist legends. It has been know since the dawn of Buddhist studies in the West, yet no full translation of it in any European language has ever been published. Now, Andy Rotman has remedied this situation by providing a fine, readable, yet accurate rendition of the Sanskrit text, with "just the right amount" of annotation to be helpful to readers, without distracting them from the narratives. The work is of major importance, comprising dozens of stories that have been central to Buddhists for the past 1,800 years. As the translator points out, this is a kind of "greatest hits collection" of Buddhist tales, known not only in South Asia, but in Tibet and China as well. Taken together, these legends provide a rich store of information about the popular beliefs, social mores, ritual practices, doctrinal assumptions, and general world-view of Buddhism-as-it-was in ancient India. I applaud this impressive translation and its selection as the first volume in the new "Classics of Indian Buddhism" series. It is really quite a remarkable achievement."
""Divine Stories" offers us a rich selection from the Divyavadana, a narrative collection of north Indian Buddhism ably translated from the Sanskrit by Andy Rotman. Sprung forth from the creative soil of the Indian Buddhist imagination, these stories concretely represent the impact of the Dharma on the lives of those who turned to it for guidance. Despite the title, these are essentially human stories which record the trials and struggles of the Buddha's personal disciples as they meander through the corridors of samsara, seeking light, purity, and final freedom."--Bhikkhu Bodhi, author of In the Buddha's Words

"This new series is a very welcome initiative from Wisdom Publications. Such works are eagerly awaited by many scholars and practitioners of Buddhism throughout the world."--Jean-Luc Achard, editor of the Revue d'Etudes Tibetaines

"The Divyavadana has been known since the dawn of Buddhist studies in the West, yet no full translation of it in any European language has ever been published. Now, Andy Rotman has remedied this situation by providing a fine, readable, yet accurate rendition of the Sanskrit text, with "just the right amount" of annotation to be helpful to readers, without distracting them from the narratives. The work is of major importance, comprising dozens of stories that have been central to Buddhists for the past 1,800 years. I applaud this impressive translation and its selection as the first volume in the new Classics of Indian Buddhism series. It is really quite a remarkable achievement."--John Strong, Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Bates College

"Here are tales about ordinary people as well as monks, stories about women, princes, merchants, and slaves, not to mention a wretched pig and a bull about to be slaughtered (both of whom find their own salvation). These stories are to the Buddhist tradition what the Arabian Nights is to the Arabic, an ocean of stories from which Buddhist storytellers and artists throughout Asia drew their inspiration. The translation-precise, elegant, vernacular-flows clear as water in a mountain stream."--Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions, University of Chicago

"It is our good fortune to now have part one of Andy Rotman's new translation of the Divyavadana. It is the first half of what will be the first complete translation of this important text published in a Western language, and one of the most anticipated publications in Indian Buddhism in recent years. The text as Rotman presents it is delightful and reads beautifully. Rotman spared no pains in producing the translation, conveying a sense of the text very well and often insightfully. Overall this is a very important contribution that everyone interested in Indian Buddhism should read."--Buddhadharma

"Divine Stories offers us a rich selection from the Divyavadana, a narrative collection of north Indian Buddhism ably translated from the Sanskrit by Andy Rotman. Sprung forth from the creative soil of the Indian Buddhist imagination, these stories concretely represent the impact of the Dharma on the lives of those who turned to it for guidance. Despite the title, these are essentially human stories which record the trials and struggles of the Buddha's personal disciples as they meander through the corridors of samsara, seeking light, purity, and final freedom."--Bhikkhu Bodhi, author of In the Buddha's Words

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Titel: Divine Stories: Divyavadana Part 1
Verlag: Wisdom Publications
Erscheinungsdatum: 2009
Einband: Paperback
Zustand: New
Auflage: First Edition.

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