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Life of the Buddha (Clay Sanskrit Library)

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ISBN-13: 978-0814762165
ISBN-10: 0814762166
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”The books line up on my shelf like bright Bodhisattvas ready to take tough questions or keep quiet company. They stake out a vast territory, with works from two millennia in multiple genres: aphorism, lyric, epic, theater, and romance.”

-Willis G. Regier,The Chronicle Review

”Very few collections of Sanskrit deep enough for research are housed anywhere in North America. Now, twenty-five hundred years after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha, the ambitious Clay Sanskrit Library may remedy this state of affairs.”

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”The Clay Sanskrit Library represents one of the most admirable publishing projects now afoot. . . . Anyone who loves the look and feel and heft of books will delight in these elegant little volumes.”

-New Criterion

”No effort has been spared to make these little volumes as attractive as possible to readers: the paper is of high quality, the typesetting immaculate. The founders of the series are John and Jennifer Clay, and Sanskritists can only thank them for an initiative intended to make the classics of an ancient Indian language accessible to a modern international audience.”

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Product Details

  • Series: Clay Sanskrit Library
  • Hardcover: 558 pages
  • Publisher: Clay Sanskrit (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814762166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814762165
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Clay Sanskrit Library series is, without doubt, a gift from a very benevolent and gracious God (exactly which one of the 330 million is unclear however - but whichever one it is, "thank you"). One of the latest incarnations of this series, Professor Patrick Olivelle's translation of Ashvaghosha's epic poem "Life of the Buddha" is not only a thoughtful and aesthetically pleasing translation but also contains an extremely helpful and fascinating introductory essay. Worth the price of the book nearly on its own the introduction details how Ashvaghosha's work fits into its larger socio-religious milieu - engaging in a dialogue with the Brahmanical tradition over just what "real" dharma truly is. As such, it helps one understand how these traditions of Brahmanism and Buddhism interacted, challenged and developed alongside one another in conversation. I highly recommend this title, not only for the beauty and impact of the poem itself but also for the information Professor Olivelle provides on how to understand the work in its larger context.
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An amazing read. A poem that offers great insight about the life of the Buddha, so many of the things are applicable to modern life as well. I take something new from this text every time I read it.
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A nice translation of Asvagosha. Very lucid, easy to read, and well documented with English transliteration, glossary, and notes on cantos.
A fine work, i recommend!
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