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on July 21, 2008
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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on June 12, 2016
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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on March 9, 2013
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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on October 30, 2016
Unfortunately, the second half is simply summary and not narrative. The pages are placed side-by-side to the original text, so the book is actually much shorter than it appears.
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on November 27, 2014
Wonderful poetry. The edition accounts for the many gaps in the surviving original text without diminishing the impact of the story.
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on July 22, 2009
perfect size, amazing story, and Sanskrit on the left side, so you can (even without any formal instruction) see which words translate 2 wut... def buy this, dont hesitate, just buy.
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