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  • Series: Treasury of the Indic Sciences
  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: American Institute of Buddhist Studies (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975373471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975373477
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,285,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This manual is likely to become a standard for years to come.

(Richard P. Hayes H-Buddhism)

About the Author

Gary A. Tubb is Dharam Hinduja Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit Teaching and Indic Research in the Department of Religion, Columbia University.

Emery R. Boose is the Information and Computer Systems Manager at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Leichter on June 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I had the good fortune to study Sanskrit for several years at an Ivy League University. Unfortunately, I was never able to take a class that involved a great deal of use of the commentaries that seem to accompany all major Sanskrit texts. I would just use them, when I could, to find word divisions, undo sandhi, etc.
Several years ago, I began to try to teach myself the commentatorial style. A former professor told me that the only works he knew of in Western languages on this style were a chapter in Teach Yourself Sanskrit Complete Course (Teach Yourself Language Complete Courses) and a German work, Nominale Ausdrucksformen im wissenschaftlichen Sanskrit - written in - at least to me - an impenetrable style of German, though I am told it is an essential text.
Then I ordered "Scholastic Sanskrit". I can not overemphasize how valuable it has become to me in the few short weeks I have owned it. It serves both as a reference text, and a teaching tool. It explains with example after example all the formulaic expressions that occurr in Sanskrit commentaries, such as ityarthah, -adi, etena...iti, and on and on and on!
The style is completely lucid and seems geared towards those, like myself, who are trying to learn this style without the benefit of a teacher. I have read only about the first 50 pages or so, but, with this text in hand, I am now able to see nuances and meaning in commentaries, where before I had just found frustrating confusion.
The authors recommend using the text in conjuction with the
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Sanskrit grad student on April 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
While this book contains a lot of great material for those of us studying shastric literature, it is also a endlessly frustrating book. WHy? because the geniuses at Colombia University didn't actually check the pagination against their index. the result is this: reading Nyaayamañjurii, one comes across the term 'ity uktvaa'. One looks it up in Scholastic Sanskrit's index, which notes the term to be treated on page 214. One turns to 214 and finds no mention of 'ity uktvaa'

After paying for this book, I feel like writing professor Tubbs (a wonderful scholar) and aither asking for my money back or asking for a new index.

I expect better from these Ivy League scholars and I expect better for the money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gil Ben-Herut on October 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I actually know people who were waiting many years for this book to come out!

This book covers some basic approaches for reading Sanskrit commentaries. The examples are taken from poetical and philosophical commentaries, but it is stated in the intro that it is beneficial for all commentaries readings.

I found this book incredibly useful - particularly with the "small stuff" -- specific terms and conventions, some Panini rules etc. Although I am far from exhausting this book, I feel it did me an important service in familiarizing myself with commentarial texts.

A paperback cover would be more appropiate for this kind of manual in my view.
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By JE Du Toit on April 24, 2013
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This is an invaluable resource for anyone serious about reading Sanskrit commentaries. I found it indispensable in learning how to unravel Sanskrit tikas.
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By pat on November 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Good Book
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